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Thursday, 5 May 2016

SCORPIONS' TAILS

Your repressed indignation had barred her
from eternal slumber. She could not believe
the wounds she'd inflicted had pierced that deeply.
Where did you get such thoughts
if not from scorpions' tails?
For others, unconditional forgiveness.
For her, unending resentment.
The tables turned:
helpless to close immaterial ears,
voiceless in self-defence,
she had to experience it all
driven into the centre of her being -
had to feel the blade,
not through her non-existent heart, but there on the walls
through her paintings, in dark thought-forms
piercing her talent with poison arrows
in their ornate frames of gold leaf -
why did her work take pride of place
whilst yours, unframed, lay gathering dust
in a neglected corner of the attic?

Did your cry of deliverance
resound in her open grave? Each arrow
nailing her to the earth taking on
the form of a beautiful healing Angel.
In stark contrast: the ugliness of her harsh criticism
that rendered you just as ugly,
like a cancer cell eating away
at your spiritual body, gradually depleting
Higher Self.
Mother-in-Law's disparaging tongue
no longer to be borne. Your hidden relief
became an exorcism, ridding you
with something approaching euphoria
of years of humiliation.

Healed, the lighter you rose above
the monumental
contorted form
of your injury: Mum-in-Law's tongue
pinned down by your arrows...
but it was your blood that oozed
from the corners of her mouth.

26 comments:

  1. Wonderful drama. So wonderfully present. Such a relationship now shown so vividly to the rest of us…

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    1. My heart-felt thanks, Anthony...so glad I finally managed to translate it into words...:)

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  2. what amazing poem Ygraine and really vividly, !
    xoxoxox

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    1. Thank you so much, Gloria...so glad you liked it!:)

      Big Hugs xoxoxo

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  3. Amazing how you told the story in a poem like this.

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  4. ... this made me cry so hard ... I need a hug ... Love, ct.

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    1. ... the witch is dead ... but no matter ... he is still under her spell ... ya ...

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    2. So sorry I made you cry...sending a huge Hug your way...xoxoxo

      Well...I guess some things never change...eh?*smiles*

      Many thanks, Cat :))

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  5. Wow, powerful! Sad!!! So much emotion!!!
    Big Hugs Ygraine!

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    1. Oh Sweetie...you really are so so kind!!!
      Thank you with all my heart!:))

      Do hope you are feeling much better now. Still sending lots of healing and love your way...xoxoxo

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    1. The sharpest, Deeps! ;)
      Many thanks.:)

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  7. __A loss is often a gain, but when icons are missed, skills may soon decline; a new trek, compete against yourself. _m

    lost goal
    the skills now feel their wane
    a new trek

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    1. Oh absolutely...accept what came before...and (hopefully) move on...:)
      Your wisdom is boundless, Doug...thank you so much for sharing it with us.:)

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  8. This was such an intense poem. You kept me going, line after line. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Thank YOU, CiL...for sharing in this exorcism with me...right to it's bitter end!:)

      Greetings from a rather damp West Sussex! *smiles*

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  9. You have the most talent that I have ever seen!!! My emotions ran amok! I couldn't stop them if I wanted, too, which I didn't!
    Drama...in spades!!!

    Hello, my sweet and dear Ygraine...Happy Mother's Day!!!

    Hugs and Much Love
    xoxoxo

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    1. Forgot to mention...love the title, also!!!

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    2. Dearest Jan...wow...how kind you are...but I really don't feel I deserve such praise...the most talent you have ever seen...wow again. I feel truly honoured!
      Thank you so so much.
      Your own talent by far outweighs mine though...I am always in awe...:)))

      All My Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  10. That's really gorgeous!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

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    1. Oh thank you, Gil...I so appreciate that!
      I have just visited your photography blog. Wow...it's really amazing...such brilliant talent!

      Have a great day.:)

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  11. ... and how I wish this was true, friend Y ... my MIL (Mother In Law) put me through the wringer many times and I will never forgive her for what she did to my kids and me ... RIP, Johanna ... or not ... Love, cat.

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    1. Gosh...seems it's more common than I thought!
      Really good to know I have a fellow sufferer...although not so good for you of course.
      Wouldn't wish such disapproval on another living soul...:/

      Thank you so much for sharing that, Cat...means a lot.:)

      Hugs xoxoxo

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