#NaPoWriMo. Day 4 of 30 |#124. Floetry by JulietKego: Heart break (…in slow motion)

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Floetry by JulietKego:

#124. Heatbreak…. in slow motion.

Alone in April,
On a fool’s day
As spring ushers in
cold memories of winter
My hands reach for a decanter
my colourless brandy’s gone
And so are the whites

Tonight, I can only drown
in the forbidden reds
(a reminder of our passion,
all the places we’ve been
and all the sunsets we’ve seen)
The hot liquid mockingly
swirl and twirl
in the pretty French
bottle before me
And soon in my left hand
an intricately patterned
Russian crystal glass
is half-empty, half-filled
with fine, tangy red-wine…

I am floating away
from myself
(no wings),
watching it
fall with a loud start
(in slow motion)
And as the pieces
splinter apart
first hitting the oriental vases
then embraced
in a thud, hugged
by the plush Persian rug…

I realized (in slow motion)
my shaky being collapsing,
as if pulled into a whorl
by dark gravity,
the rush of water
fountains I feel
are a dam of tears
The bitter taste
on tongues
Is dirty green bile
The smelly whiff in the air
are ashes of remnant dreams
The cracking sound
I hear,
Is really a heart
The wine-red colour I see
is someone’s soul
Bleeding ….

Ah, with an ache
I find out too late
that the first fool
in April

(C) Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

[Image is used with express permission;
curtesy of Kree artist (c) Jackie Traverse].


In his poem “The Waste Land,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” But is it? I’d have thought February. Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why. Perhaps it’s September, because kids have to go back to school. Or January, because the holidays are over and now you’re up to your neck in snow. Or maybe it’s a month most people wouldn’t think of (like April), but which you think of because of something that’s happened in your life. Happy (or, if not happy, not-too-cruel) writing! ~Source: NaPoWriMo.net

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