The Devil’s Dust

I actually wrote this after publishing my first novel in 2000, The Devil’s Dust, but I tweaked it a bit for this post, which will come off as a blatant advertisement for the novel. I have no shame.

The Devil’s Dust devils dust jacket


The soul of man seethes wicked

Cold sweat reeks of evil lust

Blood runs hot and thin

When spiked with the devil’s dust


Copyright © 2013 C Mashburn


Sharing this with dVerse Poets Pub on their Poetics: An Evening With Short Verse feature.


  1. Mary said

    I’m definitely going to steer clear of ‘the devil’s dust.’

  2. ha….nice…that is ok….hmmm…gets a little scary when all your mates turn on you to make a bit more of a buck…you know…the story sounds intriguing….

    • It’s a wild one, Brian! Sex, drugs, murder and general mayhem. I think it’s good, but then, I would!

  3. Scary, but tells a whole story.

  4. Advertisement or no, I like it! 🙂

  5. hypercryptical said

    Never dabbled in the old cocaine though have seen those who crave it.
    Blatant advertisement – no matter – why not!
    Anna :o]

  6. You have no shame! Good for you…promote it 🙂

  7. That’s the problem with being human, we’re so easily tempted !!

  8. Ravenblack said

    How easy it seems that monster within can be unlocked/unleashed by even a dusting of unwholesome desire or temptation. Scary to think.

  9. This is just plain good! It took me more time to lo in and comment than your lovely poem. I’m so glad I’m here to do it!

    • Did you have trouble leaving a comment? I hope not. I hate it when that happens!
      Thanks for taking the time though! I appreciate it!

  10. …last two lines nailed it… short & scary…

  11. Ursa Bowers said

    Nice work! Also congratulations on your novel– get dat promo 😉

    • Thank you very much, Ursa! The novel is old–published in 2000–and didn’t do well. But I still sell a copy now and then. A novel really has to be special if you don’t have name recognition, and I reckon this one is just so-so.

  12. powerfully effective Charles. And just since you mentioned it as coming off as a blatant promotion, I even read it in my movie promo voice. Really nice. Thanks for putting this together for us tonight.

    • It would make a good movie promo, wouldn’t it! I didn’t write it til after the book was out, and wished I had so it could have been on the cover as a sub-title.
      Thanks for the great comment! I’m always glad to join in the festivities when there’s something happening at the Pub!

  13. claudia said

    haha…don’t be shy to advertise…you could link it to the dVerse bookshelf as well…sounds like an interesting story

    • To be honest, I don’t spend much time promoting it anymore. I had high hopes when I wrote it, but that was 13 years ago. These days, I’m happy doing my blog and trying to encourage other folks.
      Thanks for the visit and comment, Claudia. Always nice to hear from you!

  14. Cocaine – proof that God does not love us.
    Why would such pleasure be so deadly?

    tight verse, my friend

    • Pleasure can be a fleeting and deadly thing. Thanks for the comment, Sabio.

      • Indeed, pleasure and pain can both be fleeting. Life is fleeting too, eh? Sorry, didn’t understand your comment on my blog.

  15. Don’t touch the devil’s dust …

  16. Tony said

    That’s way better than most advertising, Charles. You have no need to be ashamed.

  17. aka_andrea said

    Enticing lead in to the evil within.

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