black and white
there are a thousand shades of grey

life and death
there are a million things to say

I love you
and I love you not

there is more than just hunger and hate


we are hungry
we eat (more than we should)
and then we hate

you smiled at me
in a sea of sadness I’d grown tired of
a blonde in a season of darker tones
and the distraction deluded me

                            from the truth

are we always alone,
even when we are together?

I held his hand in a taxi
while thinking of another
not yours, not his, but another

I lay in your arms at night
as you lied in mine, behind the light

between laying and lying
there exists a world of truth and disguise

we hate being alone
but devour each other when we are together

devour each other

            to the bone


All Words and Photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

Photograph of ‘Monument aux morts’ in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.


  1. obanwest

    The style is simple, elegant and with so few succinct words you convey so much depth and feeling. I appreciate the amount of introspection this post generates. The photo is perfect for the poem, or vice versa.

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I’m so grateful when people actually read what I write and it’s a bonus to have feedback.

      1. obanwest

        It’s obvious that you’ve put a lot of effort into your work. I appreciate that. It’s also nice to read other writers to gain perspective.

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