Lady of Death

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #2: Myth-placed  (posted by Rommy)
“Today I’d like you to craft your pieces around the idea of a mythological time or place. This challenge is open to both poetry and prose pieces (fiction or non-fiction), but if you choose to go with prose please keep it to 369 words or fewer.”




If she should show up at your door
at the indecent hour of 4:00
would you recognize her? Are you sure?

If her hair is tangled loose and wild
and from constant crying she has red eyes,
Then someone soon must say good-bye.

She enters your home, wailing, keening,
mourns for three days, then takes her leave,
she’s Lady of Death; you’ll soon be grieving.

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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21 Responses to Lady of Death

  1. calmkate says:

    lol love it, well worded … it’s a topic close to my heart and written quite a few poems on it


  2. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    I’ll be sure to not answer the door at 4!


  3. Marja says:

    Love it a chilling poem


  4. jaerose37 says:

    This really builds into a powerful climax


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Chilling!💝 There is a popular belief here that creatures of the night roam the city after hours .. in fact youngsters aren’t allowed to go outside around the time of dusk.. for fear of ghosts residing in trees.


  6. Jim says:

    Fun reading for me, I tried to second guess, what does that mean(?), what was to follow all the way through. I think she comes sneaking around my house and then she leaves unnoticed.
    I have been asked by a friend to write her obituary. Does that count?


  7. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh No! I don’t want to see her!


  8. Oh, the Banshee! Yes, a very scary lady.


  9. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    We’d want to deny her presence at any time of day. The banshee is never a welcome guest.


  10. mike bayles says:

    Good going- dramatic and rhyming.


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