Dark Angel for earthweal

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At age of five became I blind
Bad nerves to blame that made me scream
Cursed I our God for act unkind
Yet all, my friend, ’twas not as seemed

The act upon heaped thoughts unkind
Turned out to have a brighter theme
Through haunts did stray the other five
To caves of dreams with golden seams

Each night I searched through halls of brine
To find fine gleams of mortal schemes
Of mine and of which beasts aligned
To trade for rank in Rule’s regime

I sit here now, a wunderkind
Thick robe of silk, in high esteem
Commander of foul masterminds
From damaged to dark Seraphim

 

image:  “The Dowager Empress Cixi” (Tzu Hsi) by Hubert Vos.

Reblog of a poem written awhile back with Empress Dowager Cixi in mind.  Read more about her here.

Brendan is today’s host of earthweal. Brendan says:
I think that is something to celebrate, and why I’m calling this challenge A FEAST OF EARTH FOOLS. Humantide’s passing is upon us: the doors are opening for the extinct and the marginalized to enter our walled city and turn things upside down. For a poem, at least.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. sometimes good follows bad

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    1. msjadeli says:

      then bad follows good

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like your description of the dark angel. Very melodic. And the last line with “damaged to dark”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank, for reading and your comments.

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  3. You rocked the prompt. Your fiction is so well drawn, it feels true. Even the cadence and rhythm feel like a translation from Mandarin. The picture is perfect, and helps perpetuate reality.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn thank you so much. I appreciate your feedback and glad it resonated for you.

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  4. Bryan Ens says:

    This poem has a very dark feel to it, which hightens the sense of mystery. Nicely done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Bryan. It is rather mysterious.

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  5. robtkistner says:

    That was haunting Lisa. I stumbled a bit at first, but I caught on the Yoda-esque flow, and took off from there.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 So glad you “got” it. It is rather haunting.
      Especially when I went looking for a picture and that one jumped out at me, then read about her. Maybe this is her story, and the blindness is a metaphor? I don’t rule anything out in this strange, mysterious world we live in.

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  6. I liked the mystery in your poem and you got a great rhythm going. Read that piece about the empress in the photo. The writer has a very strange idea of feminism—smoking a pipe and having wet nurses express their breast milk for her tea is feminist?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you Jane. I didn’t read the whole article. Maybe for that time it was feminist?

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      1. I’d have screamed, anachronism. Lots of women smoked pipes throughout history. Just because the writer of the article didn’t know that she assumes this empress must have been making a point. As for the breast milk, that is just gross. She sounds like an interesting woman. It must have been hard to be taken seriously as a woman in China at that time, as everywhere else come to that…

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        1. msjadeli says:

          She went a long way from where she started and that’s what counts in my book.

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          1. True. Shows determination if nothing else 🙂

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  7. selizabryangmailcom says:

    The poetry matches the subject’s elaborate clothing and sort of mirrors the shuttered expression that leaves us wondering….what’s going on in that world……

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I appreciate your thoughtful comment. Thank you!

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  8. Jade- a marvelously mysterious poem, as ornate as her clothes!

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  9. memadtwo says:

    I too thought it was a real story. The dark tone echoes the physical blindness, and the larger blindnesses of the human mind.(K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Insightful comment, Kerfe, thank you. You just never know how this cosmos works sometimes, maybe it is a real story. I hope you know what I mean.

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