Sunday, October 7, 2012

MAGPIE...Prompt #138


                                                    SICK WOMAN/ Jan Steen/ 1665


THANKS TO Tess at Magpie Tales...


A HUMOUR

What's turned her humour
to black bile?
Warped her cold and dry,
bound to earth,
forever in melancholy?

Tulips at the door
from the shy one
with the downward glance.
The wind sighs with her voice.

He begs for courage
to fetch some magic.

Perhaps a unicorn's horn
filled with tears of the stag
who trampled her ardor.

He longs to spill
the Satyr's blood
and wash away the tether.

The bonesetter
who heals fractured maidens
arrives, fills the kettle,
pours a flow into a lucent cup.

Melancholy sits,
she sips white tea,
stirring cinnamon, lemongrass,
a sliver of cardamom from India,
knobby ginger,
and a stain of beetroot
to brush her lips with sunrise.


Copyright/ All rights reserved/ 2012

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23 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

The trip was worth it, for the pleasure of seeing your words "brush her lips with sunrise."

Irish Gumbo said...

Ah! I like this very much. That last stanza in particular shook me.

Bravo!

izzy said...

love that last verse! Thanks.

Brian Miller said...

to brush her lips with sunrise...smiles...cool turn of phrase and i hope he finds what it is that will bring her back to life...

Kutamun said...

This is a veritable Pandoras box of impressions here , Lyn, bravo

Lyn said...

Hi Magaly-
So glad to hear from you...thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi Irish-
Thank you...I so appreciate your comment...

Lyn said...

Hi izzy-
Funny thing about that last line...hmmm..thank you!

Lyn said...

Hi Brian-
Maybe brushing her lips will do it! Thanks...

Lyn said...

Hi Kutamun-
Pandora's box...very interesting..thank you!

aprille said...

This is good.
Full of wonderful nuggets of intellect and capability. A real poem.

Helen said...

You captured the era well ...

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
Always appreciate your comments. Very frustrated, since last week I'm unable to enter your site..get as far as "Poetry Matters", and that's it. Have tried many times, so???Don't know how to solve this.
Love your poetry!!

Lyn said...

Hi aprille-
I like that..."a real poem"..we can only try! Thanks...

Other Mary said...

This is lovely and very smart. I especially like the first two stanzas and the closing line.

Carrie Burtt said...

Lyn this is a beautiful piece of poetry prose....a new favorite for me! :-)

Little Nell said...

This is a lovely write Lynn, full of richly poetic phrases. I've read it several times and enjoyed it more each time.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Lovely clever stuff Lyn - very enjoyable read.

Anna :o]

Lyn said...

Hi Other Mary-
Lovely comment..thanks so much!

Lyn said...

Hi Carrie-
A new fav, wow, that's really something! Thanks.

Lyn said...

Hi Little Nell-
This was interesting to write, and a challenge! Thank you...

Lyn said...

Hi hyperCRYPTICal-
So glad you enjoyed it...thanks so much!

~T~ said...

I hope tulips, cinnamon, and unicorn horn will pull her out of it! Lovely.

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