A heart.

Moon empties her woodsmoke arms
like blood fingers from a pale mist
	I smudge air over the old drawer
	drugged by grief like Mary Shelley
	
	…but you had mine;
		it’s a schizo wind now
	caviling my girl; my own madness
		lies ill, she murmurs.
 
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Revised 6/15/2021

Moon empties her woodsmoke arms
 like blood fingers from a pale mist
	I smudge air over the old drawer
	drugged grief, like Mary Shelley
	
	…but you had mine
deadlocked to fringes of my thumb
	caviling my girl; my own madness
		lies ill, she murmurs.

© 2021 lucysworks.com All Rights Reserved.

Written for the 6/14/2021 dVerse quadrille prompt.

I wanted to write about an unrequited infatuation or love once I remembered that Mary Shelley supposedly kept her dead husband’s heart in her drawer.

Romantic.

I think this will be a draft I’ll work on again. Maybe today or another time. I don’t know.



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53 replies

  1. Oh, I love the darkness in this.. how can love be more unrequited than if you have your lover’s heart in a drawer?

    Or maybe it’s the perfect love, he can never leave.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Beautifully dark. I like the way the first stanza moves from the imagery of the moon to the drawer…..

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Haunting and deliciously dark. Good writing!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Mistress Poe, with the drippings of Frankenstein, whereby love turns cold and black as dead flesh, as a captive heart

    Liked by 4 people

  5. wow love the luse darkness in this. here have my heart to add to your collectio in that draw ms Lucy Shelly

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  6. I’d read somewhere about the heart kept in a drawer. That’s taking grief to another level. If I can be irreverent rather than Romantic-
    worst potpourri ever.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. I felt the sadness and grief from that mad broken heart. Lovely work Lucy.

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  8. Going mad leads people in some weird directions…poor dear Ms. Shelley! I love your description of the moon’s arms and then there’s “schizo wind”…cool. Gayle

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  9. Moon empties her woodsmoke arms
    like blood fingers from a pale mist

    Love your classic way of saying it, like ‘woodsmoke arms’ and ‘blood fingers’, brilliant word connections, Lucy. You did it throughout your poem. LOvely take, Ma’am!

    Hank

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  10. Telltale heart, with a drawer twist. Darkly lovely Lucy. “Moon empties her woodsmoke arms…” love this opening line!

    Liked by 5 people

  11. OH, that dark, dark drawer! Fair is fair, “…but you had mine” I can really hear that madness murmuring in the end! 🖤

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Love the opening lines and what a twist to the ending. Lovely write. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  13. That is a love not so healthy, I say! Wonderfully done, Lucy!

    Liked by 4 people

  14. Keeping a husband’s heart in a drawer takes ‘crazy love’ to the next level! Deliciously dark. I love both versions and I cannot choose between them. Maybe they could be a series?

    Liked by 5 people

  15. I love it! The images are fabulous!

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Lucy, who on earth other than you would think of “smudging air”? That is so brilliant.


    David

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  17. I liked this, especially your inspiration for it.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. I like the incorporation of Mary Shelly here. Her and the whole group she used to hang with was fascinating, and seemed like they’d be good fun at a black out.

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  19. Thank you for sharing.

    Like

  20. Thank you for sharing. ❤

    Like

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  1. A heart. – Divagues En Calzón
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