Friday, April 25, 2014

Scorched

Words scorched
With hatred
Whip through her
Soul
Slicing her sense
Of strength, self
Her mouth
Full
Of cruel dust
Her heart
Flattened
A scarlet scarf
Adrift
In rib
-bons
Then finally
Flayed
By a parting
Shot
Skeletal
She staggers
Garners
Her last grain
Of confidence
To kick
Sand in the face
Of her
Attacker

This is offered for Poetryjaam.blogspot.com  where Peggy asks us to pen a poem about deserts.  What can I say? It was a rough week...And now it's better :-)  Happy Friday!

21 comments:

  1. You captured many of the words I associate with deserts. Hope you feel better after writing this! Thanks for posting.

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    1. Hi Peggy! Yes, I do feel better :-) Thank you for the great prompt!

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  2. Great job. I like the surprise.

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    1. Hi Gail! Glad you enjoyed that. Couldn't just have her crumple into the sand...;-)

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    1. Hi Wendy! Thank you, compelling is one of my favorite words :-)

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  4. Vivid picture you painted here...

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    1. Hi Jinksy! Nice to see you. Thank you, I was trying for vivid :-)

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  5. What's important here is that she remains outraged and not cowed by the attack ... and able to gather strength to rally ... am reading a book called Reading Lolita in Tehran right now ... this poem reminds me of the attacks that ultra-conservative Islamists imposed on women and their silent but defiant retaliation ... so many connections here for me.

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    1. Hi Susan! That sounds like an inspiring book. I am constantly amazed by the strength of women and their ability to bring about change even in very oppressive situations. The women in white in Cuba, Wangari Maathai who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Thank you for that book suggestion, I'm going to look it up :-)

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  6. thumbs up to that "Last grain of confidence"
    Thanks for dropping in at my blog

    much love...

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    1. Hi Gillena! Thank you for the thumbs up and the love. Really enjoy your poems :-)

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  7. Well, Sara––I can't associate this with desert, but I did associate it with an scorched experience from not-to-long-ago. I vented in a poem and titled it "Transparency." It is what it is. It was what it was. It's satisfying I can find your work on Network Blogs. Donna

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    1. Hi Donna! Thank you for your empathy. I hope to be able to follow the breadcrumbs back to find that poem. I'm happy that you found me :-)

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  8. This is powerful, Sara... hope your weekend is going well!

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    1. Hi Laurie! Thank you :-) I had a great weekend, hope that you did too.

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  9. good on her for using that last bit of strength to show she will not give in to the persons vile tongue...

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    1. Hi Brian! Thank you for the support :-)

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  10. Nice....not every poem is fun but all are truthful and are good to write and read

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    1. Hi Rae! Yes, sometimes I feel like I need to change my "tagline" I started with the goal of always being "up" but life isn't that way and it could get monotonous :-) glad you enjoy both sides

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  11. oh i'm glad she found the confidence to attack the attacker... and that will give her more and new confidence to be who she is

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Your words are wonderful! Thanks for popping in--I'll be over in a snap!