MLMM The Promised Skull

skull wall

NEKNEERAJ of Mindlovesmisery Menagerie Photo Challenge has asked for a poem or story to go with the above image.  I went with a free-form poem.

Long I
survey, with
hollowed eyes,
rubbled landscape,
cloudless skies.
Humans going
to and fro,
I watch
and wait,
through rain
and snow.
You said
you’d come
back, swore
your life,
that when
you returned
you’d be
my wife.
My skin
once white
has turned
to grey
My eyes
once twinkled
blue, now
stay black
and empty,
tinged with
green hue.
My face,
once shaven,
just as
you wished,
has a
scraggly green
beard.
It’s here.
You’re not.
I miss
you.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Such a poignant poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje. The skull looks so lost and forlorn, like it is waiting for someone 😦

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        It sort of does.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. hanspostcard says:

    What an image- and a great poem!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Hans! It’s the first thing I thought when I saw it.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. M. Oniker says:

    Ok, whoever did the graffiti on that is brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Dad4Gracie says:

    Nicely written!

    Liked by 1 person

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