The hands of time tick slowly by

as dawn breaks in a new day.

A nightmare reality of

the receding night lies marked,

like so many fading stars,

in the shattered glass on the floor.


Silken shards of sorry souls,

their lives now trapped

in a dream of what was then,

what is now and

what should never have been.


Each broken image,

a moment in time captured

for those who were there

to witness the whirlwind

of a love gone sour.


The blood-stained rug tells a tale of woe

in a world nobody else sees.

A painful portent of the coming storm;

of a love that lived and died

in the grip of a cold winters morn.


The dancing flames of a freshly lit fire

can do nought to chase out the cold,

for the night was so long

and the panes etched deep;

too deep for the kiss of desire.


Rivulets of blood trickle

to the point of the sliver

I clutch so tightly in my hand.

I feel a pain shrouded ecstasy

as I watch my life drip away

to the beat of a now broken heart.


Like the pain that I bore

as I knelt on the floor

at your feet.

It was too much to bear.


“Oh shattered reflection of all that I was

come press the point of your pain deeper,

that you may bring down the night

to the end of my lonely fight.

I commend all I was to your keeping.”


Written by Darren Scanlon, 9th December 2014

Revised 15th June 2015.

©2014 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


Darren Scanlon
Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in Lancashire in the English Northwest.

A typical 'northern lad', his ‘tell it like it is’, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style have earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon.

His poetry, which he has been writing since the age of 16, is published on many websites including Write Here and High On Poems where he has recieved great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you in our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

Hey Up, Matron! His debut novel which is a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients and based on his own real-life experiences.

Broken Angel and Broken Wings. The first two books into his gritty crime/gangster thriller Danny Roberts Series.

Positively Poetic Vol’s 1, 2, 3 & 4. Four volumes into his on-going poetry collections.

A Mouse’s Tale. An illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems of the same name).

Alphabet Zoo. An illustrated children’s educational ABC book.

He is currently working on his latest novel, book 3 of Danny Roberts thriller series.

Future projects include, Way Back When, which is a comical look at childhood and how things have change, (not necessarily for the better), between the ‘now’ and back in the 1970’s when he was a lad.

Also an illustrated children’s poetry collection and another illustrated ABC book.
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