Hair Powers

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads

Camera FLASH!
Are you ready for the flashbulbs to go off?

Here is our photographic challenge for November.

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Woman with Long Hair Man Ray (1929)

They used to burn witches
at the stake. This is all
a mistake, darling.  They
think I am a witch!
My arms are bound,
my long smooth neck
is on a chopping block.
They want only

my hair. Therein, they say,
lies her power.  
Hour grows
late. My fate 
awaits, if you
do not 
rescue me. Telepathy
is my last chance, so I hope
you get 
this message. Bring
the indigo flacon
from my dressing table,
and my cat.

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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12 Responses to Hair Powers

  1. othermary says:

    Love it – all the witchy details and the allusion to Samson.


  2. tedstrutz says:

    I liked your piece… esp. this line and my cat. Now, what happened, you just can’t leave people hanging?


  3. Of course she should be saved. Love it,


  4. Kerry says:

    There is much witchery in flowing locks.


  5. wildchild47 says:

    I love the light-hearted and lyrical feeling in this piece, even as it speaks to different unjust accusations, and of course, the “myths” surrounding hair, and power etc. For all of the lightness, there is a lovely defiance, a self-pleasure and feeling of assurance, that reads just beneath the lines – like a very wise woman who knows this too shall pass, have been there before… ”

    Great job with the prompt 🙂


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    Oh wow! I love the witchy reference here.. Brilliant take on the prompt!💞


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