Polly

Writings and Witterings

Scorpio

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Written for the Kidderminster monthly acoustic spoken word and music night, Mouth & Music ‘Ghosts and Ancestors’  October 2014–I didn’t make it to the gig, so am posting it here instead…

Scorpio

Funereal drapes and grey shadow
fingers; faded velvet hangs;
single candle
streaks the blackened room.
The alcove portrait scowls,
surveys the family.
Gathered, they eat cake.

Boy puts crumbed hands to face;
the portrait stares
with wrathful eyes.
Boy wishes for warmth
away from the glare,
the daggers of the portrait.
No one else sees.

Uncle picks up the folio
below the portrait;
opens it.
Lines mirror at the sides
of his mouth.
Matching eyes,
identical scowl.

The boy views the face
he will become:
same frown,
same beetling brows,
same shock of black hair.
Same birthday.
Samhain.

Polly Stretton © 2014

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9 thoughts on “Scorpio

  1. A bit gloomy, Polly….and did you mean Samhain??

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  2. Thank you Polly for the introduction to another festival. I wasn’t familiar with Samhain. I look forward to what you may come up with for Halloween which is just around the corner.

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