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  • Black Widow

    A huge black widow

    Climbs up her neck toward her ear

    Claw-tipped legs cling




    In the family station wagon

    By the railroad tracks

    They raped her




    In the hospital bed

    Some doctor listened intently

    Then gave it to her in the ass




    “Why twice?” she asks. “Why me?”




    A second black widow

    Drilled into her forearm

    With needle and ink

    And an indecipherable poem

    Confirms her identity

    The victim eternal




    Her husband trauma too

    Sexual abuse

    If they don’t have this to talk about,

    Then what?


  • #2
    I like how you've used the spiders here, Sister Greed; as for the narrative, you evoke maximum resonance and pathos with an economy of words and no sentimental turn. Terse, yet full; I much admire that in a poem.

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    • Sister Greed
      Sister Greed commented
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      Thanks for your expert analysis, Grant. I appreciate when you give such detail. In this case you put my mind at ease about how I treated the subjects. Thank you!!!

  • #3
    great ending. Thanks for sharing Kudos...

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    • Sister Greed
      Sister Greed commented
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      AmenOra, thanks for reading Black Widow and your comment!

  • #4
    Shocking, gritty trauma bleeding into art and heart; the way it is for many souls. Very well done, Sister Greed!

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    • Sister Greed
      Sister Greed commented
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      Thank you Katray. I dare say all souls.
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