WL Schuett

The Tempest

for love and faith sorrow glides 

on a mourning flame of guilt 

within the reach of echoes past 

a mirror of shame is built 

restless in that ornery shade 

of beauty tricks of mist 

beer tops fly to bring about 

the savage strength to exist 

someplace in this universe 

a warrior tramp explains 

that each and every one of us 

has the obligation to complain 

with voices loud enough to break 

that neon haze of novel hate 

chapters written so long ago 

but, still it seems too late 

to stumble into the gutter 

of a manic dream that hides 

behind the blue lit mountains 

with temporal rising tides 

but after wails of acid pools 

where a lonely child cries 

into the mercury of morality 

that chants its ugly lies 

with vows of faith a book that ends 

with a world torn apart 

but read the pages where words 

of love are written for the heart 

here four angels stand ready looking 

past the four corners of the earth 

upon pure white horses where 

despair is braver than what it's worth 

a violent storm of vibrant sorrow 

shot through by fates long bow 

quenched by torrential rains 

brought forth by a lost and broken rainbow 



  • Michael Edwards

    Some great use of the language - love: Broken Rainbow for example = super write Bill and great painting.

    • WL Schuett

      Thanks Michael another artist comments are always appreciated

    • Christina8

      I love the cadence and the rhyme scheme of this poem. Very descriptive. A wonderful write!

      • WL Schuett

        I agree my content wasn't real strong , but was going for a descriptive rhyming rhythm which I thought was fun ,thanks

      • myself and me

        I am stroke by the paint. The deep mystery and powerful color, the lightening crack the sky, hit my heart.
        "despair is braver than what it's worth
        a violent storm of vibrant sorrow
        shot through by fates long bow "
        So powerful writing.

        • WL Schuett

          Thanks M&M I thought the mystery of the poem fit the painting

          • myself and me

            Yes. it did.

          • FredPeyer

            What language! Great choice of words, full of imagination. I love it!

            • WL Schuett

              Hi Fred , thanks I had fun with the words here and I'm glad you took the time to read I will reciprocate....

            • malubotelho

              Great writing. Very descriptive and fluid. Again a beautiful painting.

            • WL Schuett

              Thanks Malu very much

            • Goldfinch60

              This is a wonderful wrote and like Michael the idea of a broken rainbow is quite meaningful to me.

              The painting is glorious.

              • WL Schuett

                Thanks ...I think a broken rainbow signifies something tragic so I hope it isn't meaningful in a bad way

                • Goldfinch60

                  Not in a bad way but in Christianity the rainbow is a symbol of God's Covenant with us.

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                • WL Schuett

                  Thanks for reading JaneEVE

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