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These names that reek depravity
Vlad Dracul and De Sade, Marquis
Gilles De Rais of Jeanne D’Arc’s army
The grasping Countess Bathory
Blood soaked rites and cruelty
Demand a soulless infamy
Damnation for eternity

In literature’s deep, darkest fame
The fascination of their games
Accords more glamour yet than blame
The wild within we cannot tame
But if we touch this icy flame
We’ll wonder at what we became
Emerging, rendered, not the same
Not the same

Beware the promise of the dark
There is no warmth, there is no spark
This wintry path which you embark
Will tear your soul, will make its mark
And there in dreaded infamy
Your deeds for all the world to see
You’re not what you thought you would be
Not what you thought you’d be…..

(c) Helen Valentina 2013. All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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22 Responses to Infamy

  1. Brian Hughes says:

    In the words of Kenneth Williams: “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!”

  2. sknicholls says:

    Fame would scare the hell out of me. My family owns a famous nudist resort here in FL. It is internationally renowned in naturist circles. When I go there I try to be anonymous, because of the reaction it gets to be part of the family. People either wish to pour out their complaints or their praise hoping it will fall on important ears. I have also been stalked (for years by one very strange person) because of it. Weird. To be famous would mean that I would have to be somehow accountable.

  3. kregianmiral says:

    One often takes the darkest, malevolent & oblivious path down the road to fame. Or is it the only paradigm? The only way fame can be tamed.

    • Very true, it’s possibly almost inevitable if one craves fame/the limelight, and the only difference is the matter of degree. 🙂

      • kregianmiral says:

        One would often think that fame is the highest of achievements, a delusional illusion made by the streams of thoughts & ideas brought to us by the media. Fame is overrated, exaggerated & over glorified. It should be simplified. 😀 On a side note: Brilliant work. I like the way you how described it. Very very brilliant! 😀

      • Thank you so much, that is very kind of you! 🙂 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    Of such verses are epic’s created – helenvalentina ,take a bow.

  5. infamy is gruesome, indeed – love the punch of repitition

  6. 1WriteWay says:

    “Your deeds for all the world to see / You’re not what you thought you would be”: Sounds like a good reason to not have a Facebook account 😉

    • Very true, I’ve resisted Facebook for years but now it seems it might be a necessary evil for book marketing…sigh…. 🙂 😉

      • 1WriteWay says:

        Perhaps it is. At least it seems expected that an author would have a Facebook page. I actually like my Facebook page (now that I have one) but it’s only about writing. It’s my profile page that often feels like an albatross. Because I have experienced some “infamy” there, I tend to be fairly quiet … except when I want to promote my blog 🙂

      • Sounds a sensible plan. I’m only planning on an author page too really. Facebook as a whole scares me quite a bit!! 🙂 🙂

      • 1WriteWay says:

        I think that is wise. You still need a profile page to have an author page (at least, that is my understanding) but you don’t have “friend” anyone. It’s the friending part that gets creepy 😉

      • Wise counsel – thank you!! 🙂 🙂

  7. “These names that reek depravity” great opening line drew me in and the rest did not disappoint 🙂

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