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Purplish-Red Curtains

My purplish-red curtains preserved me, guarded me.
The thickness of coverage needed never be pulled.
I warned you, I cried, I hid, I held my curtains tight.
But you, the curator, the rescuer, pulled them open.

Look at the dinginess, the lines of wreckage of my soul.
You can see all of the rottenness, molds and a sick tree.
You cannot remove it, cannot clean it, so you swim in it.
while I run away to spend my days in lakes of shame.

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Today’s Picture Prompt Challenge at One Stop Poetry inspired me and I cooked something for it. The photographer, Jacob Lucas, has brilliant work – Check out his site.

 

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  1. #1 by dustus on March 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    The speaker expresses such a deep sense of loss and hurt through the symbol of the curtains. The ending is heartbreaking and makes this reader hope that a resolution without shame will emerge from the alone time. Thanks for sharing this one.

  2. #2 by coalblack on March 6, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    wow. lakes of shame. *shiver*

    • #3 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:45 pm

      Thank you for your comment.

  3. #4 by coalblack on March 6, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    (it’s Fireblossom)

    😉

    • #5 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:45 pm

      I had no idea!

  4. #6 by screen_scribbla on March 6, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Sunlight can be bleach.
    Bleak, stark, dark. Just like the wonderful photograph.

    • #7 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment.

  5. #8 by liv2write2day on March 6, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    Brilliantly crafted, emotional poem, Carl. I’ve been away and playing catch up. Missed my poet friends.

    • #9 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:46 pm

      Thank you, Victoria. It is nice of you to stop by.

  6. #10 by Steve Isaak on March 6, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    Excellent, mood-intensive work – as enveloping as a perfectly fogged morning.

    • #11 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:46 pm

      Thank you, Steve. You’re very kind!

  7. #12 by brian on March 6, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    to be exposed thus and the shame…ugh…yeah i might slip away myself…

    • #13 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:47 pm

      Perhaps back-up curtains. Thanks for your comment.

  8. #14 by hollyheir on March 6, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Theater personification – into the lakes of shame. Very creative piece. Liked it a great deal. Gay

    • #15 by Carl on March 6, 2011 - 10:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate it.

  9. #16 by Elisa's Spot on March 7, 2011 - 8:42 am

    OOOOOOOOOOo I LOVE IT!!!

    • #17 by Carl on March 7, 2011 - 10:39 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it.

  10. #18 by seabell on March 7, 2011 - 5:27 pm

    Very meaningful and well written…

    • #19 by Carl on March 7, 2011 - 10:40 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and thank you for commenting.

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