Friday, October 19, 2018

OctPoWriMo Day 18: Pearl Necklace

I had a surprising amount of trouble with this prompt. Who'd have thought that 'Once Upon A Time' would be so difficult?

Then Jane, wonderful Jane, suggested taking a character in a myth and writing about them, and an old, old idea I'd played about with several years ago resurfaced, and things went from there.

The original fairy tales - Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm, and even Hans Christian Anderson - all had some rather grim endings that were sanitized for public consumption.

I have to admit, I took great guilty pleasure in unsanitizing this one.


DAY 18: PEARL NECKLACE

Blue, blue, water so blue
Water as blue as your eyes, my dear
Water as blue as your eyes.

I wear a pretty necklace, my dear
Shining silver and pearls so blue
Pearls as blue as your eyes.

I loved you with all my heart, my dear
Your hair so silver and eyes so blue
Your eyes as blue as the water.

You pulled out my heart and ate it, my dear
You broke my bones and left me to wither
Dried up, like the child that leaked from my womb
Spilling life over your fists and my gown.

You lived with mirrors for eyes, my dear.
You wouldn’t see, you couldn’t see
You couldn’t see me at all.

How could you, when your beauty, my dear
Filled up your mind – your pretty mind
Until there was no room for me?

Blue, blue, water so blue
Water as blue as your eyes, my dear
Water as blue as your eyes.

I wear a pretty necklace, my dear
Shining silver and pearls so blue
Pearls as blue as your eyes, my dear
These pearls that were your eyes.

6 comments:

Jane Dougherty said...

I love it! I can hear someone whistling the tune. And I love the Tempest in the last lines. You did it :)

Shuku said...

<3 All thanks to your suggestion! Yes, that line of the Tempest has ALWAYS resonated with me, and the first version of this poem I did years ago, it was that line which inspired it. I had to put it in. HAD to!

ARR V said...

Absolutely stunning! I quite liked the 'Grimm' tone of the poem.

Shuku said...

Thank you so much! Yes, it did turn out pretty grim, but fairytales in that tradition always seem to somehow.

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