Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  “Love Hurts”   (posted by Rommy)
“For today’s challenge, I want you to explore the later idea. Play along by offering your poetic thoughts on Hallmark Holidays, or just simply contribute a poem that touches on the darker side of love (heartbreak, jealousy, etc.)”

How he adored her,
made her feel
a queen. Until,
green vapors rose
from this viper
smothering her
with poisonous
fog, relentless
murkiness in which
she disassembled
piece by piece like
like a porcelain doll.

Talking with anyone
male provoked
accusations of misdoings,
and a barrage of questions.
She grew quiet. Called in
for overhauling–her face.
Too much makeup. Her body
came under attack next.
Why did she favor short
skirts like those of tramps?

If this was true love’s
promise, she preferred
clearing her mind
and senses in order
to find that illusive
person she was.

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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20 Responses to Definitions

  1. Ah, I lived this: the constant paranoia about other men. I couldnt lift my eyes from the floor of the car when we were out driving, for fear of being accused of my “tongue hanging out” for some guy…….What’s that line? “A bird in the hand doesnt fly away, till you squeeze your fingers around it?” I couldnt fly fast enough or far enough. You have written it true.


  2. Vivian Zems says:

    A relatable tale. Loves graveyard is filled with tales like this. Well penned!


  3. That green viper is a murderous one.

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  4. kanzensakura says:

    Too often this tale plays out. Good write.


  5. Rommy says:

    I’d prefer clearing my mind in solitude too, rather than put up with a moment of that nonsense.


  6. He loved her until… an often too real “tale”


  7. Helen says:

    No woman should ever be disassembled ~ finding true worth is the ultimate revenge!! Love this.


  8. Jim says:

    He has done the most terrible, despicable, treatment of a mate, more than I could ever imagine. Of course she should leave. You know, so many women feel they can’t leave because of various reasins, real or perceived. Mostly this happens to the woman, it’s so sad.
    But I do feel that many splits are due to character change, they just don’t get this bad.
    Glad you wrote about this, Sarah, but sad it exists.


  9. MNL says:

    good story, the happy beginning, the shifting, darkness descending and then light again as she walks towards freedom. pretty cool.


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