Magdalene

Magdala mourned and shrouded in red

branded, disgraced-pale skin a disease;

seven live demons are haunting her head.

Watching his life drip-lined gold overhead,

sinuous eyes hang on stalks-displeased

Magdala mourned and shrouded in red.

Cascading crosses of teardrops embed

as Orpheus rides smelling death on the breeze

whilst seven live demons scream in her head.

Knotting her worth in the words that he said

weighing her morals, down on her knees

Magdala mourned and shrouded in red.

One true supporter-no thoroughbred

the harlot, concubine, whore, the prick tease

seven live demons retreat in her head.

She was the one who was rightfully wed

bedded him there with her expertise,

Magdalene mourned and shrouded in red

whilst seven live demons ran wild in her head.

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10 responses to “Magdalene

  1. That’s a clever form, Shan and needs discipline and clever use of language to make it work as a poem (rather than just as an intricate poetic form – villanelle?) and you’ve succeeded for me. It creates a great atmosphere of a life (almost but not quite) lost.

  2. dang….really nice shan…love the religous imagery through out and the allusion…my fav stanza is…Cascading crosses of teardrops embed
    as Orpheus rides smelling death on the breeze
    whilst seven live demons scream in her head.
    wicked hook lines as well…

  3. Powerful piece from the woman scorned p.o.v. You too have come a long way since those early form days at One Stop. What an adept poet of forms you’ve become; you were always deft at writing your heart and soul!

  4. The iconography and spiritual theme running through this work fits perfectly with the incantatory nature of the villanelle. Well done!

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