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Tides crashing
People clashing
Falling skies

Nick of blades
Turn of new graves
A lover's cry

Chalk and death
Toxic breath
Air, too dry

Cold and damp
Poisoned alive

Colour reference for Arsenic: [link]
Colour 5, halfway down the page.

This poem was done for =SilverInkblot's Colour Poem Contest, found here. [link]

Taken from the description on this page: The colour arsenic is based around the element arsenic which is a dark grey-blue colour.

Keeping this is mind, for the 2,3,4 lines. I thought of stomy waves, people fighting, and the sky when the weather is in turmoil.

Arsenic is a metalloid that is often naturall found.
Lines 5,6,7 - Clashing of steel blades, the chink of a shovel when digging a grave, and the agony in the cry of a lover who's lost their mate.

When people buy arsenic poison to kill rats, it's typically a white powder.
Lines 8,9,10 - I used chalky to refer to the powdery state we typically find arsenic in, as well as how powders and such dry out your skin and the air. Death/toxic because you know. Poison and all.

It's in one's best interest to avoid exposure to/ingestion of arsenic, with its lethal effects.
Lines 11,12,13 - Dead bodies are ice cold, void of any heat and then cramped into boxes and packed under six feet of Earth.

Line 14 - Sum it up.

Written October 3, 2012
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Mooyi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Writer
This poem really rolled on my tongue! Enjoyed it very much.
SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your take on the form was very interesting - it's deceptively simple. The subtle rhymes are a nice touch and add a little rhythm to make up for how brief it is. I got it well enough before the author comments, but I like that you offered that extra dimension of readers to plunge into. And arsenic certainly isn't a color I ever would have thought to use :XD:
ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very deep and emotive. I love the structure and the intense imagery.
The line breaks are well done and the flow is good. :nod:

ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
Structure an general idea is all thanks to =SilverInkblot. It was for their contest, after all! I thought it was a really strong structure, personally. I'm not a huge poet or writer or anything, so I'm not quite sure what my opinion means, but it was popular enough for her to do a contest centred around it!
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:nod: Ah I see

That's pretty awesome.
It is indeed.


shadow-hobo07 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay that is pretty darn epic!
ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh, thank you! :O
shadow-hobo07 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome ^^
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