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The damned off switch doesn't work
images play on and on
appearing unexpectedly
they flash up at night, noon and dawn

And the volume is full blast
endlessly assaulting my tired ears
interrupted by that ringing sound
so loud it nearly causes tears

Pictures of death I can't turn off
sounds of agony at night
and I just can't find the off switch
somehow that just don't seem right

I was trained and then sent there
where senses reached an overload
they aimed me then they turned me on
a modern berserker now back home

All night that horrid movie plays
in light of day hands and jaws clench
at smallest slight I swallow rage
'till belly nearly bursts with rage
as blood beats in my ears with rage
I am slowly consumed by rage
and I can't turn to the next page
...............and I can't sleep
no one can understand

As I search
for that damned


Style / type: 
Free verse
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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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What did you think of my title?
How was my language use?
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Last few words: 
a nother go at morphing free verse
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But in the penultimate verse line 2 and 4 didn't rhyme and in the last stanza you had several rage endings and 1 page ending. Thought that either all should be rages or a different rhyming word? Page rage cage sage adage degrade image visage . My humble opinion of your amazing creation

This is an experimental form I've been playing with some lately. I call it morphing. In this form one starts out in one form then gradually "morphs" into another. I used rhyming to begin with here then slowly changed to free verse as the protagonist's state of mind degraded. I've done the opposite in other poems. It's still kind of hit and miss though but the only way to perfect a formis by trying it over and over and get feedback on what does and doesn't work....................stan PS if you want to see an example which I think works a bit better you might look up "WIDOW'S RETREAT"

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For explaining why. I'll look it up

Thank you. I have come to discover that the hardest part of trying to develope something new is getting honest feedback.............stan

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this one was pretty effective. The rage that keeps on building; the over and over again, solidifys the emotion and the feeling that it is under your control, but beyond your ability to turn it off. ~ Gee

This must be the place, 'cause there ain't no place like this place anywhere near this place

Thank you. That is pretty close to what I intended to convey.............stan

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