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The Darkness Lives…

You are the nightmare among floral dreams

You lurk in fear’s shadows

The darkened spaces of earthly edges

And the blackness of haunting echoes

 

You come to kill, steal and destroy

Slithering among the hearts of men

Engulfing the world with temptation and torment

Seeking new souls to damn

 

Your demonic minions terrorize

Inflicting destruction at your bidding

Hiding their existence under the guise of strife

Creating a sense of despair, unremitting

 

You scratch and claw at unseeing eyes

Your blood is as acid burning holes in peace

You know you are defeated

Yet you still tear at flesh, desiring pains release

 

Your power is only that which we give you

The power of our fears and rage

You desperately attempt to fight a battle

You’re destined to lose in the coming days

 

You seek to take as many with you

As you can successfully deceive

You won’t stop in your attempts

And that’s why I watch for you soberly

 

Acknowledge he who hunts you as prey

Know thine enemy

But Do not feed him with your fear

God is stronger than he’ll ever be

The power of love and light

Conquers the powers of hell

God’s word is the sword of the spirit

Used to fight in spiritual warfare

We do not fight flesh and blood

But spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12)

Be vigilant to the end standing firm in hope

Faith is the shield, the devil’s arrows it quenches

 

©E.D. Allee

January, 2014

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One Year Clean And Sober…

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Three hundred sixty five days have past
Leading to a miracle I couldn’t envision
I once wished to end my life
To be free from two decades of prison

Shackled in bondage to an unrelenting master
A jailor spiteful and cruel
One who fed me to sustain my life
Only to prolong his rule

The years grew darker with time
The window to my cell got smaller
I knew little peace with eyes open
And my dreams were filled with horror

The illusory sense of peace
I once so craved and desired
Melted away into pools of necessity
With painted emotions and scribbled smiles

On the last day I used…
January fourth two thousand thirteen
I knew my options were to quit or die
A choice terribly hard for me

Death or life without chemical alteration
Finally live free from addictions’ chains
A decision perhaps simple for some
But I was terrified I’d fail at trying to change

I did choose life, leaping forward in faith
Holding only to a desperate desire
I’d failed many times before
Although my needs were always dire 

I dwelled in a dark abyss of my design
An abyss filled with a raging sea
Kept afloat by drink or drug
The very same which tried to drown me

I quit… I was angry, afraid, in pain, and shaking
Sick and weak, unstable in mind and emotions
Grasping to something I couldn’t see
Hopeless, alone, worn and broken

In time things improved, I began to let go
Of the grip I held destructively tight 
I became willing to get the help I needed
And gradually saw hope in sight

I had an AA sponsor by then
Cynthia, The helper I came to know
Addiction treatment and meetings
Began revealing alternatives to sorrow

I opened up to God, my higher power
I sought diligently to know Him once more
I learned belief was insufficient
My faith had to be restored

My abyss began filling the moment I stopped digging
Eventually I grabbed outstretched hands
The raging sea became an ocean of soft swells
And at that time healing began

One year later, far removed from that darkness
I reflect upon the trials and triumphs
I’m grateful I declined death’s temptation
By accepting God’s help and guidance

If only I had known back then…
I’d have told my broken spirit to hold on
I’d share with her what I understand now
Let her know hope exists upon new horizons
I’d cheer her on each day of success
Hold her hand with each falling tear
Tell her that life will not hurt so bad forever
And that one day she’ll be able to feel
She’d feel without the torment of ever increasing pain
She’d sit still in her own skin
She’d look people in the eyes, not down in shame
She’d break free from the demons within

To myself today I say
You’re a long way from that arduous start
One day at a time you’ve progressed
But you mustn’t ever stop
Stay close to God and continue seeking
So enlightenment you’ll find
Walk forward, using the past as a tool
Demons in wait, grow stronger in time
Know you can never open the door
To the world which once enslaved you
Be vigilant not to fall into the nets 
Cast as traps meant to undo

Way to go Elizabeth
You’ve achieved the seemingly impossible
I will write to you again this time next year
And report on the remarkable!

©E.D. Allee
January 5, 2014

 

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