This is OC’s latest poem, written following encouragement from Benjamin Zephaniah no less! It is a brilliantly mangled mishmash of thoughts, descriptors, feelings, actions, almost-characters, places barely held together in writing. We are confrontingly introduced to the “complexity of mind” in which he finds himself.
Locked in this Prison of Seclusion
Unrelenting unforgiving contemptuous & taciturn
Dangerous dominator, unseen usurper.
Cruel to be kind and kind to be cruel
Twisted sobriety, lacklustre and belligerent
Penance and servitude in the belly of the Beast.
Cumbersome, loathsome, savage, dark
Struggling, striving, ducking & diving
Cunning, conniving, misery thriving
Alone in purgatory, den of iniquity.
Creature of habit, deficient, void of feeling
Vexatious to the spirit, destroyer of the soul
Degradingly derisive, tormenting torturer,
Sycophantic, serpent, unsophisticated qualifier
Unrequited muse, accomplished liar.
Anarchic recidivist, wallflower of mire
Burgeoning, beguiling, iconoclastically demure
Disaffected, defunct, deranged & deluded
Never gaining, ever losing, amoral, corrupt,
Socially excluded like a fork-tongued parish
Ostracised, nomadic, consequential & dire
Impetuous and brash, unashamedly daring
Emotionally crippled, vaguely uncaring
Indecision, obsession, complexity of mind,
Callous, uncouth, cold & uncompromising
This my friend is the nature of the Beast.