In the Dark

There are times when I’m inconsolable
when the world around me becomes too much
and my demons come out to feast on me again
There are times when I’m hopeless
when I’m too lost to return home
and I don’t need your comforting touch
I just need to be left alone to sit quietly in the dark

Don’t offer me a friendly hand
nor a tender embrace of love
Just let me surround myself with shadows
and let my troubles eat me whole
Don’t try to save me when I can’t be saved
and keep your tender words for another day
a day when the tides of my heart have changed
and my soul flows the other way

But until that time remember that I love you
and that you’re still the keeper of my heart
but for the moment love is not my friend
and your tender touch and sweetest smile
are like poison to my aching soul
So let me be
Let me sit alone in the dark
Let me find comfort in forgotten lusts
Let me bandage my heart with solitude
and dry my tears with time

I know that you understand
and I pray that you’ll return
Because I long for when I can emerge from these shadows
and once again cherish the smile glistening
across your sweet, tender face

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222 Responses to In the Dark

  1. Jay Taylor says:

    Wow. that was like, wow, it really blew me away, i just love the way you express solitude and I can totally relate to this poem, awesome

  2. Gothgirl says:

    brilliant! this poem really touched me and it is great, well done!!! xxx

  3. moon - dancer says:

    " … bandage my heart with solitude." wow what a fabulous line. its totally like that when you are hurting, you want to be left alone and solitude seems safest.
    again, fab tastic work, i love this one.

  4. Danielle says:

    This is sooo true….you tell it like it is….:) how do u do it!?!?! ahh….im jealous!! -.- 🙂 anyways yah amazing poem, loved it a lot
    -Danielle <33

  5. Angelina Valenzuela says:

    i never liked a poem that never had any ryming in it i guess because i just could't relate or couldn't understand what that person was going through. But i thought your poem was very dark and understanding with what you where going through at the time. Not only was it beautiful but was also unique in every sort of way hope to buy your book.

  6. Laken says:

    FANTASTIC!!!!!! I sent it to all my friends. Thank u it really conforted me and helped my lots. thanks again great job!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. Danet says:

    Wow that was awesome.There are no words for it.
    It makes me want to right a song about it.
    Can I use it in my music for my band "The Forgotten"? jk.

  8. Alex says:

    you have written the perfect poem for the perfect situation, and im in itjust how you put it it is and thank you

  9. Shelby says:

    i love this poem i have read all of ur poems and this one i apill to the most ur a alsome writer but i wish there was a word that could describe how this poem makes me feel ur poetry is touching but at the same time break breaking in ur poetry one person can have to many feelings from one poem i like to write poetry myself but i know it will never be as good as urs ur just alsome

  10. Shadow says:

    i must say raven i am a very tough critic but this, this is pure and should never have eyes set upon it that are unworthy … keep it up

  11. Robby says:

    AWSOME love it

  12. luis carlos says:

    i ´ve got soul, but im not a soldier. mexican guy who just got into dark. I DONT KNOW WHAT´S ON THIS GREATFUCKING POEM. IT REALLY TOUCH MY WASTED SOUL. I MUCH SAY TO MR. RAVEN. THANK YOU.

  13. Shelby says:

    You write poetry that I am always relating to and it seems like I can never escape my problems no matter how hard I try to. I used to cut myself and rescently started again because of all of the problems that I am going through at home and everywhere else. Everytime I read one of your poems I know that I should find a new way to let out my pain and it helps me come up with ideas for new things that I can do. So all I want to say is thank you for everything.


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  15. Unspoken-one says:

    I loved it (like all the rest i have read) have you writen a book? if you have PLEAS e-mail me so i know were to find it thank you so much for givign me an outlet (my mom would hug u)

  16. risika says:

    I was locked up for 1.5 years and i can understand were you are coming from in in the dark. it touched me and im really glad that i i spent the time to read it. thank you for this poem and the website it helps me cope with everything im going through. so i say thanks and please try to keep this web site going.

  17. natali says:

    wow this poem is so amazing….i love all of them

  18. camilo says:

    i think it's absolutely dark , perfect

  19. The Sacrifice says:

    The complexity of the sufferage is outstanding
    Excelent job

  20. bailey says:

    it was beautiful
    it made ne think of oh i care to hate

  21. Samantha says:

    Awsome,different,and very influencial.
    loved it.

  22. Zach says:

    The poem "In The Dark" is now one of my favorite poems that I've ever read.I like it because I can relate to it some ways, and I like some of your other poems for that same reason.You are now my favorit poetry artest. W/B

  23. ERIKA REY says:

    Amazing .i can relate to it much more then i would want to. its great

  24. Ericka says:

    Wow…I can relate and im so touched because this iz the story of my life.Awsome poetry and great details.

  25. Libby says:

    Wow this poem is amazing.You nailed my feelings and thoughts, I feel that way 90% of the time. As bad as this may sound it is nice to know that there is someone out there that can relate to those feelings…Thank-you for your wonderful insite to poerty.

  26. RomanticGoth says:

    This one .Yes. Hmmm… It reminds me of whne i look into mirror. I glance at how happy i was in teh past. Hoping That happiness would return.

  27. RomanticGoth says:

    This one .Yes. Hmmm… It reminds me of whne i look into mirror. I glance at how happy i was in teh past. Hoping That happiness would return.

  28. beth says:

    Beautiful poem, i loved it, keep it up

  29. Anna says:

    this poem is sooooo deep and i love every thing that it speakes about………it touches me in the right moment ……..just keep the solitude up

  30. AmaNda says:

    THIS IS the poem I wanted to post a comment about! 😀 I LOOOove it!

  31. Shadow says:

    This poem is wonderful! It makes me remember the times I feel like that! Love it!

  32. looly says:

    i like this poem too much , you are geart how could you fantastically convay such a real feeling only happens for very unique peapol.

  33. black light says:

    great stuff, i feel like that now and then

  34. to burn the eye says:

    that poem describes how i feel exactly at this very moment, this past week or two. another beautiful poem

  35. Drowned_By_Tears says:

    this poem descibes what i feel in everyday life

  36. Tiffany says:


  37. Holly says:

    Woh, this is really amazing. Alot of people probably relate to this, I know I do. Great work! ^.^

  38. Tearfilledheart says:

    Its awesome n i hope to read more…

  39. sarah says:

    it was perfect, it describes my life.
    Keep it up.

  40. pyromancer says:

    just great…I could see myself in every word..but could never say it. It's simply beautiful!

  41. Kat says:

    I reall like this poem because I can relate to it sometimes. When things get really bad at home. How I feel is so much like what this poem says it’s. kinda scary. I have never really come across a poem that can relate to my feelings without it being one that I wrote so it was a surprise to me when I came across In the Dark. I really do go into my own dark world and I don’t want anything to do with anyone all I want is to be left alone until I chose to leave my little world of darkness.

  42. Charlie says:

    Love it. Just how I feel.

  43. Kaila says:

    all i have to say is that i really relate to this poem but i know a lot of people say that, ur really talented! keep it ^

  44. tia says:

    This poem is the best i love this poem i do poetry myself and it is good for a couple of reasons

  45. Raven says:

    i feel the exact same way about this poem. i loved it.

  46. raven says:

    I like that. It is what i go through sometimes. Basically all of last summer. Thank you.


    ps no i didn't steal your name. I have had this for sometime. please dont find it offensive or bothersome.

  47. devilsblood says:

    i like it i remind me of myself in a dark room alone just wanting to be left alone

  48. VictoriA says:

    Wow. this work is astounding, It's just how I feel… I've been writing darkly poems since I was 11, none can add up to this ..(just yet)

  49. jadeykit says:

    this poem is really understanding and its so relateable. but if u give it to any prep they'll just sterotype it as 'emo rants'. its just so disgusting. glad you can really let everyone noe how we all feel in the dark! Thanks

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