Get Your Premium Membership


An almost stillness came about as she strode into my door, like breath itself refused to move, fearful of touching her mysterious beauty But her obsidian eyes betrayed her. Sharp and gleaming, with a silver sheen she looked at me, and I knew… ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Molten lava spilled forth from her mouth, melting our clocks— eighteen hundred nightmares compressed in two hours. Long hand moving forward, as the short hand moved backward How can memories persist in such an acrid life? She spoke of a beast in the guise of a man, one who ravaged innocence with the flick of a click A coward that collected milk teeth for hardened bones of other horny beasts with no spine That throaty tenderness when she spoke sprinkled crystal seeds of frustration in me She says he loathed him, denied she loved him but her obsidian eyes betrayed her There she was, a bud he plucked from the nuns’ garden He grafted then he pruned her, spreading her pollen, wafting her scent yet folding her petals to himself Caterpillars feeding upon her leaves, she lets them devour her, yet once they are wrapped in their cocoons to sleep, she stabs them with her thorns. Tears then slid down from her midnight lace eyes and it was all I could do to catch them She said she was weary of curtailing butterflies, of tearing their wings before they can even fly I had to ask, how many… how many winged gems? She lifted her sleeves, and showed me her scars One ugly mark for each innocent child plunged deep, my heart getting slashed at least three hundred a beat. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- A certain stillness came about as I strode into her door, like fear itself refused to move, letting breath touch her mysterious beauty for the last time.... Her obsidian eyes had betrayed her. Sharp and gleaming, with a silver sheen I looked at the knife beside her. Maroon-mapped sheets, a stunted womb. Strains of Bon Iver’s “Flume” flit past the sighing air like a butterfly, and I knew… 08112014

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

Post Comments

Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth so only provide specific positive comments that indicate what you appreciate about the poem.

Please Login to post a comment

Date: 9/4/2014 11:58:00 AM
Login to Reply
Date: 9/4/2014 11:57:00 AM
I am stunned and awestruck. 'Terrifying beauty' is how I would describe this,,,Reminds me just a tad of the portrayal of the Devil in 'The Passion of Christ' which was a stroke of genius in my opinion...Have your heard The Band's version of Bob Dylan's 'When I Paint My Masterpiece?' Well my friend, you have painted yours...
Login to Reply
Date: 8/28/2014 3:52:00 AM
Awesome Missy :) Double Wow, so good to be reading one of your gems again.. Hope you are doing okay.. *mwahugs*
Login to Reply
Date: 8/20/2014 1:00:00 AM
Beautiful write! Congratulations on a well-deserved magnificent win! Regards, Kika
Login to Reply
Date: 8/19/2014 10:18:00 AM
Sorry I missed this. ;) I stay away from scary...Yes, I'm a scardy cat, but oh NIKKO...your talent shines here. As all the poets have written are gifted. It give me the creeps...those obsidian eyes...I felt the mystery....Wonderful write and congrats on your fine win! :)
Login to Reply
Date: 8/17/2014 8:16:00 AM
Wow, wow and a lot of tremolo. It took me a while to get my head around this - should be read with punk rock blaring in the headphones. Congrats on your win
Login to Reply
Date: 8/16/2014 9:07:00 PM
Wow! this is awesome! Congratulations!
Login to Reply
Date: 8/16/2014 9:03:00 PM
Wow Nikko, deep and cutting to the core! She asked for dark and you gave her obsidian. How apropos. You need to make poetry your life's ambition, you are that talented my friend. I am in awe! Congratulations on your top honor. Blessings, Connie
Login to Reply
Date: 8/16/2014 7:13:00 PM
Terrific writing Nikko...well deserved winner...thanks for the kind comments on mine as well
Login to Reply
Date: 8/16/2014 5:52:00 PM
Go DIRECTLY to my favs, do NOT pass go...A true horror masterpiece Nikko - Tim-----PS: Fav poet too...
Login to Reply
Date: 8/16/2014 1:25:00 AM
Amazing write my friend n a great win, huge congrats!
Login to Reply
Date: 8/16/2014 1:06:00 AM
I did enjoy the intrigue in the poem, congrats on the win
Login to Reply
Mehta Avatar
Dr.Ram Mehta
Date: 8/16/2014 1:07:00 AM
I just read Andrea's comment. Nikko. How are you? I never knew you have your name and avatar
Date: 8/15/2014 11:05:00 PM
DANG, Nikko, Is this a NEW one that I had missed?? You really got into it with this one. WOW. This has to be the darkest of all the dark poems on her list. BIG congrats.I am so happy for you.
Login to Reply
Date: 8/15/2014 8:42:00 PM
Hi Nikko, it's been a long time... Sorry, I'm not hearing anyone or thing these days... Hope you are well, congrats on this win...LINDA
Login to Reply
Date: 8/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Nikko, this is a marvelous write of intrigue... Congrats! on your first place win... Verlena
Login to Reply
Date: 8/15/2014 1:26:00 PM
Fabulous write, Nikko. I could read it many times and find more each time. Putting it in my favorites so I won't lose it. Congratulations.
Login to Reply
Date: 8/15/2014 10:08:00 AM
Wow Nikko.......and where in that deep place of your imagination, did this poem come? I agree with Charlotte, it is so dark and intriguing, and so different that your other is a wowser! I wonder how you were inspired to come up with this deep and dark poem!! Congrats....well deserved! Love your metaphoric weave!
Login to Reply
Date: 8/15/2014 5:53:00 AM
Congratulations on a high place win,
Login to Reply
Date: 8/15/2014 5:44:00 AM
it's good to see you topping the winners' list in my contest, nikko, a rare appearance from you! you always create such original poems, and this one captured me from the first time I read's very dark and intriguing, and I wondered if it is based on a true story or if it is purely fictional(?) there are many layers to the poem...I love "flick of a click" and "maroon-mapped sheets" (I clocked the alteration in that line and I like it) - congrats on your top win in my contest! :)
Login to Reply
Date: 8/14/2014 11:42:00 AM
wow so profound,,,Nikko, you sure highlight what is a major problem today,,,amazing poetry
Login to Reply
Date: 8/11/2014 6:25:00 AM
Amazing write on abuses and mystery,
Login to Reply