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Lucy Westenra's Diary

The virgin page is spread before me,
pristine as this prissy white township,
and my own tameness is tedious,
and guts me, like the port-slaughtered fish.

I need to puncture the pallor
with black words; tough and dark
as the jet that veins these cliffs.
What courses through my veins

is insipid, light-drained.
Speared by these ink-dark thoughts,
what blackens my nights
like mourning jet?

Last night I dreamt
a whirlwind of wings:
amber-eyed gales of gulls,
ebon storm clouds of bats.

I feel the snare
of my engagement ring
tightening its finger-trap.
I shrink like a nightshade

from the sun's gold goad.
And I have learnt
that what is graveyard-cold
can be cremation-hot:

sultry breaths upon my breasts,
and a sharpness like a needle
piercing the lily of my throat.
By day, I am porcelain-pale

with the primness of afternoon teas,
pleasant walks under parasols,
genteel small talk.
By night, I am moon-white,

beckoning blackness in -
a harbour light penetrating dark,
luring a ship towards land
to snag in sand arms of the strand.

And a prow stakes moon-bleached beach.
Night lopes through streets.
Moon-howls loop, shadows leap,
wings at windows beat,

and a dusk-light lust grazes my throat.
Enter by moonlight or invite,
impale the pale;
I'm blood-wet with desires,

have needs to feed;
sinking and drinking in sunset red
that has bled and spread
like a staining of ink.

a slightly different take, for 'Be Bram Stoker For A Day' contest


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  1. Date: 4/16/2014 7:54:00 PM

    Excellent, provocative, you never disappoint my #1 ;) Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
  1. Date: 4/16/2014 6:16:00 PM

    CHARLOTTE, Congratulations, enjoyed stopping by. Luv ~SKAT~
  1. Date: 4/14/2014 6:50:00 PM

    I started reading this one again and then realized it was that same one I saw the other night. I just have to fave it.
  1. Date: 4/11/2014 8:15:00 PM

    OH MY GOSH, just finished reading this. It's got to be the most descriptive I've seen in this category. You are simply amazing how you do your free verse. me, i just did a limerick for this one!!
  1. Date: 4/11/2014 8:14:00 PM

    so tell me, charlotte. What gave it away that I wrote that poem?? haha