It Speaks In Tongues

It speaks in tongues,

Jagged and cruel to the ear.


It gnaws at human flesh, my flesh

Carnivorous and cannibalistic,

Leaving scars deep within.


These scars, the blood I let is unseen,

Yet the tears are real,

Signs of the pain I’ve embraced

As a lover to his love.


O’ the excuses I’ve made

While revelling in my torment.

I’ve chosen not to go on,

To anchor my future to the misery of the past.

You would not have wanted this, I know,

But weakness and loss are all that I have left.

I understand them,

I take comfort in their constancy

Though they devastate my soul.


To love again would be far more than I could bear,

To smile at the new day would dilute me,

Partaking of joy in the joy of another would sacrifice me!

I am unworthy of romance, of passion

With a heart melancholy and corrupted..


Of this I am certain,

Fate whether by God or my own hand

Will haunt me until the day that I die.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


50 Word Story: Wasted Life

Brochures piled upon the bed, edges rabbit-eared from years of wasted dreams; the world lay before him if only he had the time.  As a child Jim dreamt of seeing Europe, Italy, Spain, but it is not meant to be.

A lifetime prison sentence has destroyed all of his plans.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

Confusion (Acrostic)

Chaos corrals me

Only to cut me loose with a fury

Nothing makes sense anymore

Frying my feeble brain

Useless is it to resist

Steely is her grip

Instead I submit

Only to plunge deeper into the darkness

Never to return


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~



From Dusk Until Dawn

From dusk until dawn

I live in dreamless torment

Cold–black is my night

Where do I go in slumber

When I am invisible

I can’t remember

My travels have been wiped clean

This terrifies me

Is this what death will be like

A blackboard erased from time


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~



Traveling Through Time

Traveling through time

Looking for the dimension

That I can call mine

A soul from an era gone

Lost in the present tedium

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


Alone He Sits And Cries (Tanka)

Alone he sits and cries

Night after night for a home

Scared of the darkness

He is new to this world

A pup looking for a home


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~



Supernatural (Tanka)


Souls lost between provinces

Unable to leave

Reliving their earthly hell

Trapped in the netherworld


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


This Blanket Of Snow

This blanket of snow,

Holds no greater chill than that of my soul,

Tangled in frigid fingers of emotion,

Drowning in a veritable ocean,

Whose frothy foam I call home.


I ask not for your sympathy,

Desire not your empathy,

This road I must travel alone,

A path my heart to me has shown,

Until my thirst has been sated.


To struggle forth and never find,

Reeks with havoc a fragile mind,

Constantly reaching to dull the pain,

No matter how subtle to keep me sane,

Darkness hides the tears I grieve.


Let not this smile I outward show,

Mislead you that I carefree go,

Buried deep within sullen core,

Bolted and locked the iron door,

My feelings trapped in dungeon black.


I pray one day to find the key,

To let in light so that I might see,

The gift of worth in this life I’ve led,

Before I join the cold stone dead,

On a sea of stark eternity.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


In The Audience

In the audience

I watch this worldly play

With tears in my eyes

A tragedy unfolding

WIthout an intermission


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~


Greatest Rewards – A Tanka

Life’s greatest rewards

Friendship, love, marriage, children

So easily lost

Succumbing to deadly sin

Destroys all that we treasure


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~