The Black Veil – A Poem
I wear this black veil of despair
Like the wrappings of a mummy,
Covering my self-inflicted wounds.
My face frozen in cold, blank stare
Trapped within my tomb,
Alone in my room.
Why do you continue to test me?
Why do you hold out savory meat
Only to snatch it from my hands?
It is wrong for me to question your authority,
To question the good of your plans,
To hold you in contempt, unable to understand?
I wear this lonely shroud of betrayal.
Spend my days wondering
Why is it I who should be denied?
Haven’t I sought to be faithful?
Why are the wicked given an easy ride,
Never facing near the trials you’ve thrown in my life?
Is it too much to ask
For an outlet to this love,
Just to have a companion by my side?
Each time the die is cast
Comes another lashing to my pride,
Another time where I’d discarded and thrown aside.
Why is it that romantic lovers
Are often the ones alone,
While cheaters, liars, thieves, and betrayers come home to open arms?
But though anger stirs, I’ll patiently wait to discover
Why you seem set on placing me in the midst of harm,
Why alone is always where you think I belong.
I wear this black veil of despair,
But I trust that you know more
Than what sits before my somber scene.
I guess that life is not always fair,
So be my rock upon which I lean
As I wait in solitude until you send to me my queen.
-Poem by Justin Farley