Glitter to Rust – Chris Nelson

We dance and dance to jingle’s tune

And eager swallow every lie,

The promise of the silver moon

To hang ourselves in crystal sky.

We offer up each golden prayer

To mark our lives like none before,

And drape ourselves in jewels so rare

Like none but us can read the score.

And on our faces painted clear

Desire and lust out stripping need,

The thought of less our only fear

To justify our burning greed.

Our eyes fixed firm towards the light

That guides us to the good and true,

Expectance lingers in our sight

At offerings for the chosen few.

We grasp at gold within our reach

As fortune smiles her twisted grin,

To claim the riches that we seek

She offers us a way to win.

But what is it we find we hold

When all the glitter turns to rust,

And we are weakened, frail and old

And all our futures turned to dust?

© All original writing copyright Chris Nelson 2018

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17 thoughts on “Glitter to Rust – Chris Nelson

  1. I must be in a positive mood…I keep spinning this and feeling that it’s about finding the rare gem hidden in plain sight. No matter how long it took.
    Really love the structure of this one. The phrases flow and weave themselves so beautifully.

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  2. I love everything you write, Chris, and these lines especially:

    “But what is it we find we hold

    When all the glitter turns to rust,

    And we are weakened, frail and old

    And all our futures turned to dust?”

    Even when writing about a bittersweet topic, you manage to make it beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

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