she believes herself to be alone

Oil Painting, "A Soul Brought to Heaven"
A Soul Brought to Heaven, William-Adolphe Bouguereau,    Oil on Canvas, 1878

ostensibly unaware
m’lady plucks three roses from their thorny roost
gingerly unpeels each peach-blushed petal
lavishes in an intoxicant aroma

a clamoring of angels fills the sky
she believes herself to be alone

incessantly introspective
m’lady probes without pause the castle within
draws back beribboned drapes to spy upon lingering assumptions
“Whose walls are these?” she wonders

the surrounding hillside garners no notice
she believes only the flutterings of her own heart

incontrovertibly insouciant
m’lady gazes reluctantly toward unseen apparitions
feigns interest even as she issues a fervent blasé
the company of heaven rushes forth to embosom her,
yearns for but one touch of her warmed flesh

she believes she is dreaming the life of a dream

8 thoughts

  1. @Julie Jordan Scott,
    Thank you. Your evocative comment delights me no end!

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Thanks for the “gnawing” inspiration, my fellow Piscean poet. Take a peek at where the imagery went in my post of today (September 20), “we are the women.” It’s for men, too, of course.


  2. i feel like we traveled leagues and across countries to get back to where she, we, are. the most ancient way to find ourselves, i hear.
    i re-read the arm yearning. something in there that made stop dead. something. will be gnawing on that for a while.


  3. @souldipper
    Agreed! It is so easy to believe oneself is alone – while we so often fall short of trusting that we are surrounded by support and love while we move about our days and nights. Being human is such a curious enterprise. Thank you.

    I appreciate your stopping by and leaving me a bit of sugar.

    What a beautiful Comment! Warms my heart to know that you connected deeply with the words – and they with you.

    You are very welcome, my alchemical friend.


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