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.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    Love it! ❤ great job on it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Carol anne. She went from a child, sold by her parents, to be a concubine, and rose to be empress. Talk about turning things topsy turvy!

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      1. Carol anne says:

        It is just amazing, you portrayed her very well 💗💗

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  2. Suzanne says:

    What a story. You told it well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Suzanne.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sadje says:

    Interesting history Li.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        The twists and turns of fate!

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  4. Ingrid says:

    ‘From damaged to dark Seraphim’ – what a transformation! I enjoyed this poem very much.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed it, Ingrid.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. memadtwo says:

    Your words are as haunting as the painting. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

      1. memadtwo says:

        I wanted to let you know that your link on earthweal mr. linky doesn’t work–you should fix it.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks for letting me know!

          Like

  6. Sherry Marr says:

    Wonderfully done! From concubine to empress – what a story!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Sherry!

      Like

  7. kim881 says:

    A haunting story, Lisa. What a rise to ‘Commander of foul masterminds / From damaged to dark Seraphim’. You’ve captured the essence of the stern woman in the portrait.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Feminism at its most potent but at its most terrifying. Extremes seldom work for long. Thank you for reading and your insightful comments, Kim.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. earthweal says:

    There is much lore about how the greatest poets in the ancient Celtic lore were born blind, dumb or ugly — horrifically so — until their initiation and transformation into radiance. the least becomes greatest. It’s a great fish of a trope to ride as you do here. Thanks for sharing it at earthweal. – Brendan

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brendan, thank you for seeing and seeing a context of validation. “A great fish of a trope” love that. Much appreciated. You are welcome.

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