Aconitum

Bittersweet — those wolfsbane words
(maybe, maybe not); aconitum.
sending venom through my veins.
In the first of circles — limboed,
I waited, stranded, numbed in the
Nightshade blessings, live or die?

Then you gave me antidote — yes
(at least a little while) and that
was more than thirty years ago.
But sometimes late at night I think
I sense the wolfsbane you once said

Today I host Poetics at dVerse and I invite you to use use the name of poisonous plants. Join me with your recipe and poem. The bar opens at 3PM CET as usual.
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January 23, 2018

24 responses to “Aconitum

      • It is rare I comment on poetry. Usually I’m too busy scratching my head trying to make sense of it. That, and, who would dare critique another writer in this blogger realm? That narrow spyglass would so quickly veer back on the speaker and put her words to the dissection of myopic inspection.

  1. I love the way “aconitum” becomes “achin’ item” to set up the subject of the poem. This is awesome! I can’t wait to write for this wicked good prompt.

    “In the first of circles — limboed” … This is my favorite line.

    And there’s no way your wife doesn’t want you anymore. You so crazy. 😉

  2. Bittersweet wolfsbane words – a truly poison pen, Bjorn! These lines are genius:
    ‘In the first of circles — limboed,
    I waited, stranded, numbed in the
    Nightshade blessings…’
    and
    ‘…sometimes late at night I think
    I sense the wolfsbane you once said’.

  3. Love the ‘wolfsbane words’ … there’s a phrase that could have some legs! Liking the switch of focus between the two stanzas and the kicker that leaves a question mark. Nice work.

  4. What a fascinating prompt … and you wrote to it with the requisite (where poison meets poetry) tantalizing tease of intrigue. Well done!

  5. kaykuala

    It is a blessing that antidotes are readily available as an immediate savior to mankind

    Hank

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