Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tell Me Everything

"Tell me everything," you said.
"Let's have no secrets between us."
Then you sent your ten sorceresses--
four around the hill, with one at the crest,
three together in the garden at rest,
and two down into the valley. Such beautiful dancers, these.

My name is Melusine,
a love letter written on wine-dark pages,
sealed in a jewelry box with a serpent in gold at the edges.
You were a spilled apple bushel,
not realizing that it is the seed, not the fruit that matters.
What was it in the one thing I asked you not to do,
not to know,
that made you so keen and cruel to know?

Not cruel to me, though I am angry; though I am gone.
You undid yourself, making me the instrument of it.
Don't you get it?
I asked only to be left alone at my bath,
that I might bobble the skulls of all my old loves
and wind around them in clumsy recompense.

The next time you come to a locked door, remember me.
Wind a grape vine around your hair,
wind the hemp and kick the chair,
do anything to give yourself a moment to think--
then, my used-to-be darling,
open that idiot mouth of yours
and swallow that forged metal apple, the key.
_______

For Magpie #258.

Thank you to Hedgewitch, for making me think of Melusine. 

31 comments:

Gail said...

A little bitter but a good read.

Outlawyer said...

Goes so well with the photo--and the rancor so clear and well spelled out. Palpable, k.

Mama Zen said...

The next time you come to a locked door, remember me.

That grabs you by the throat. It's so perfectly placed.

hedgewitch said...

I just love the mix of coversational and incantation in this Shay, and you know Melusine is perpetual favorite of mine--such a symbol of the violated feminine--anyway, I especially love the first stanza, and these lines:
"..I asked only to be left alone at my bath,
that I might bobble the skulls of all my old loves
and wind around them in clumsy recompense..."
Tags are masterly on this as well.

Marion said...

Perfectly perfect, Shay. xo

Kay L. Davies said...

Perhaps not the most poetic, my favourite lines are:
"then, my used-to-be darling,
open that idiot mouth of yours"
Made my day, Shay!

Theresa Milstein said...

Nice Magpie take. My favorite lines:
You were a spilled apple bushel,
not realizing that it is the seed, not the fruit that matters.

Sandra said...

ohhhhhh amazing !

Kay said...

amazing imagery here..x

Keith's ramblings said...

Wonderful stuff, and those final three lines- venomous!

Björn Rudberg said...

Silence is often weaved in cloven tongues... Had to look up Melusine.. there are some great mythology to learn...

Rene Foran said...

She's trouble before her coffee :)

Sioux said...

"a love letter written on wine-dark pages,
sealed in a jewelry box with a serpent in gold at the edges.
You were a spilled apple bushel,
not realizing that it is the seed, not the fruit that matters."

Of course the whole poem sings, but these were my favorite lines...

Berowne said...

Skillful and intriguing...

purplepeninportland said...

This burns!

Maria said...

oooh, so creepy and intriguing. I love it.

Other Mary said...

These are the finest lines I've read in a long time:

I asked only to be left alone at my bath,
that I might bobble the skulls of all my old loves

Other Mary said...

But now,

weeding through my words,
I'm stung by what's taken root -

Honest, painful, brilliant.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So powerful. I especially liked the lines Sioux quoted.

Lynn said...

A bit chilling! And I know Melusine from one of the Phillipa Gregory books.

Shawna said...

Call me a masochist, but I really want to meet the person to whom you're speaking.

That second stanza sent me over the moon.

And this was a killer couplet:
"Wind a grape vine around your hair,
wind the hemp and kick the chair"

Carrie Van Horn said...

Some people never learn and never listen.....love the intense feeling in this Shay....a warning done in prose poetry....amazing! :-)

Truedessa said...

a dark and interesting secret behind that door.

Katherine said...

Very intriguing... awesome read!

Lolamouse said...

That old curiosity again. I just adore that last stanza!

Rommy said...

Ooh! A shuddery retelling of the Melusine myth - I like!

Helena said...

I'm in the last stanza fan club, too! Nice work...

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

mysterious narrative interesting gripping till the ending

Karen S. said...

She, you have the perfect key! Hanging word by word, perfectly.

Tess Kincaid said...

Wow this could be a movie...

my heart's love songs said...

too many fucking brilliant lines to quote! and "peez shut big fat mouf" made me laugh out loud!

love this, SP!