Sanguine.

Baby’s breath into the elm tree, a strange lady in rose heels, she is the crypt for there are no dreams; arresting, like death, to the apple–the serpent’s rictus;

with the body of the shore in vogue black moth wings / the moon tires to itself in half-living, half-death, the atrophy in dissolution undressed. Yes, undress me and see me;

twisted fingers darken the sanguine moon
blue in mindlessness,
shriveled and dying.

The arums fall, what do we do? In antediluvian blood, absence waits, arrayed—the frost whitens the bear’s cave. Her fallen hands catch the moon, smiting osprey eggs and digging up the rigors of star-death.

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Written for the dVerse prompt: Write a haibun that alludes to Halloween.

I listened to Still Ill by The Smiths while writing. It wouldn’t be a proper response to the prompt without sharing some of my muses.


  44 comments for “Sanguine.

  1. October 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Gruesome images in your Halloween Haibun, Lucy!

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  2. October 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    All sorts of images, moon and twisted fingers, but I absolutely love that last sentence! Such magic!

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  3. October 26, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I love the darkness of your writing. This one made me think of the film “The corpse Bride” … have you seen it?

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    • October 26, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 I am familiar with “The Corpse Bride” but have not seen it. The trailer makes me want to watch it, however. Thank you!

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  4. October 26, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Interesting to read other people’s reactions to the feast. This seems full of angry and bitter dead things.

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    • October 26, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      The majority of my poems could be described like that. This one is more so, I think. Thank you. 🙂

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  5. October 26, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I love the ambiguity of the word ‘sanguine’ – is it optimism or the colour of blood that runs through your haibun, Lucy? I fear it is blood, considering the ‘strange lady in rose heels’ and the repeated mention of death. But your sanguine moon is blue.

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    • October 26, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Your fear is correct. Sanguine is just more in line with the Halloween theme, while blue is not as much, but I included both colors in the mix. Thank you so much!

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  6. October 26, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    The image of the moon is incredibly striking. (Bjorn’s comment means I’m now off to listen to Emily’s song from the Corpse Bride… maybe even watch it. If you’ve not seen it, I really recommend.

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    • October 26, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you, and yes, I definitely plan on checking it out.

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  7. October 26, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Dark, and aptly sinister.

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  8. October 26, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Great verse…
    Great song 👍🖤

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  9. October 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    And a shiver runs down my spine! Wonderfully done!

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    • October 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Frank!

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  10. Beverly Crawford
    October 26, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Actually, this year it’s a blue moon, but sanguinous sounds more in keeping with spookery!

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    • October 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Beverly. And yes, I know, but it’s always hard for me to align the imagery of a blue moon with the Halloween spirit. I did happen to mix both colors in this poem. 🙂

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  11. October 26, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    blood red in the darkness trully spooky love it.

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  12. October 26, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    twisted fingers darken the sanguine moon
    blue in mindlessness,
    shriveled and dying.

    This gave me shivers up and down my spine, especially ‘blue in mindlessness’

    Creepily, skin-crawling excellence!

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    • October 26, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Freya!

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  13. October 26, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    The strange lady in rose heals offering the apple of death.. Very scary!!
    Dwight

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  14. October 26, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    kaykuala
    Spooky and eerie as all Halloween had been. Great wordcraft Lucy!

    Hank

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    • October 26, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Hank.

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  15. Glenn A. Buttkus
    October 26, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    A perfect dark poetic celebrating All Hallows and Samhain. Your prose is poetry for sure. I liked “the body of the shore in vogue black moth wings”. and “in antediluvian blood, absence waits, arrayed–the frost whitens the bear’s cave.”

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    • October 26, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Glenn. 🙂

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  16. October 26, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    This is captivating Lucy. Also a little frightening, but perfect for the season. Well written. Happy Halloween!

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    • October 26, 2020 at 10:06 pm

      Rob, thank you. Happy Halloween to you as well.

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  17. October 26, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! Spookiness at its best, Lucy!

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    • October 26, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you, Eugi.

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  18. October 26, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Special one!

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  19. October 27, 2020 at 3:01 am

    Halloween suits you, Lucy! I like those vogue black moth wings – very striking image.

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    • October 27, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Thank you, Sarah!

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  20. October 27, 2020 at 3:11 am

    I am not sure who this lady is, but I am sure I don’t want to meet her. She reminds me of ‘the nightmare Life-in-Death’ in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner…scary!

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    • October 27, 2020 at 11:10 am

      I wouldn’t want to meet her either, or better yet, I wouldn’t want to know of her at all.

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