The mask of the red death

In your deepest void,
the smothered dreams
are shaded
with your agonizing
nights
where walls surround you,
squeeze you closed
and capped
in bordello-burgundy velvet,
hold you in a red of rot,
in hues of clotted blood,
sticky, sickly cold
your skin
as old as daylight dead,
and you awake
in the bliss of boredom,
     grey.

The color is red at dVerse tonight where Sarah hosts.

March 31, 2020

27 responses to “The mask of the red death

  1. Beautifully penned with rich and dark imagery. I can really visualize it. It is very descriptive and evocative as well. Excellent piece!

  2. A dark and contemporary interpretation of Poe’s story, Björn! These lines remind me of the first two weeks of self-isolation:
    ‘where walls surround you,
    squeeze you closed
    and capped

    and you awake
    in the bliss of boredom,
    grey.’
    No red here!

  3. Nightmares abound in these troubled times; plenty of the macabre to go around. Nice choice to go with Poe as Muse.

  4. I love the bordello-burgundy velvet! All very deep red tones in this poem. Wonderful.

  5. I love the bordello-burgundy velvet! All very deep red tones in this poem. Wonderful.

  6. I didn’t end up going in that direction, but my first instinct on this was also the juxtaposition of red with grey. Very moving and evocative. Thank you.

  7. I love the contrast of words you used to weave imagery, of something passionate and vivid, that ends and turns into something grey and boring. For me personally, it makes me think of how being “emotionally dead” is boring and dull.

  8. oooh….I am LATE to the posting and reading here…but wow. I need another cup of coffee this morning after reading this one! You sure went to the dark side…”bordello-burgundy velvet,” Love that description and then the blood itself. Well, much better to have read this in the early AM then just before going to bed – it’s the stuff of making nightmares! Wow!

I try to reciprocate all comments. If you want me to visit a particular post, please direct me directly to that post.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.