Every day I head across to one of my favourite sites – The Drabble. There’s something almost magical about being whisked away to different worlds all in the space of 100 words.
It is such a great site and I’m really happy to see another one of my Drabbles published there today – Pirate Queen of the Crimson Coast @ The Drabble
This was one of the first Drabbles I wrote and it spawned both a short story and a novella. Please head across for a look if you have time. If you haven’t visited before, it’s well worth exploring the site – so many great stories.
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
In the photo I keep in my wallet
you’re smiling. No hint of ghosts
in the glint of your eye.
You’re sitting on a riverbank
weaving a daisy chain
I wore until it crumbled–
linking flower to flower
with the unblemished certainty
that beauty and vows are forever.
The sweating men form a ring,
aroused by proximity to death.
Snatched from backyards as children slept,
two dogs now circle and snarl.
Flies feast on blood and one dog goes down,
back legs splayed, front torn and flailing.
Defeat is a whimper – sharp teeth at the throat –
from which men turn and tally bets.
I step from my father’s shadow
to stroke the blood-matted fur
of the dog left discarded on straw.
I know how it feels to be flayed.
First published by Algebra of Owls
My poem – If I Had Been Brave – was just published at Silver Birch Press as part of their ‘If I’ series.
Silver Birch is a wonderful site and offers some really interesting prompts and publishing opportunities. Well worth a visit.
Follow this link to Silver Birch
again, I’m tossed-
time, I watch you
the broken moon
A slate grey, cold
sunrise, I take
Life must hold more
into the night
I go –
has set, my race
Don’t grieve –
in peace, I take