“Tragedy Strikes Cult”

Written for The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #288

Words:  feathered, jinx, planet, shallow, follow, us, decide, sigh, bleed, cult, spin, news

He followed that cult
to a shallow grave.
Come with us, and be saved,
said a woman with feathered
headband. He sighed as she spun
on her toes in a dance. Planet
is jinxed, doomed to failure.
Come with us, and be saved.
Earth is bleeding. He heeded
her call. Decided to try
an alternative life. Brainwashed,
newspapers declared,
by a charismatic charlatan
who convinced his idolaters
that death was their only
way out. Thirty people died.
Their leader survived.

Words:  friends, cat, fiction, earth, clot, deep, them, choose, laugh, sit, lead, yakult

Charcoal Cat led his friends
on a merry chase through woods,
hunting for birds. Fur flew.
Six cats deep in center
of forest, where birds chirped
in laughter. They sat in their nests
feeding their young with yummy
earthworms that they had gathered.
Rather than fly off, feathers
in a fright–as fiction
would have it–they remained.
Shepard Dog, sat beneath
tree to foil cats from climbing up.
Cats headed home and supped
on clotted cream, sated and content.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to “Tragedy Strikes Cult”

  1. oldegg says:

    One of the problems for readers these days (especially from beyond the US) is trying to avoid seeing the pain of what is happening in the US in their poetry. Fortunately in your second poem this was less so for even the antogonists still got cream in the end!


  2. liked the pieces.
    Especially the first, and the following lines:

    “… charismatic charlatan
    who convinced his idolaters
    that death was their only
    way out. Thirty people died.
    Their leader survived.”

    We’ve seen this too often.

    Or the leaders die, too, which offers less irony,
    but a lot more satisfaction,
    although the process and deaths that led to it
    is abhorrent and heinous.

    Watch out for the Kool Aid, and people like Hitler, Jim Jones, and Steve Bannon (still a work in progress).



  3. Ooh, the first one is eerie, I liked it. I liked them both


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