King-size bed

In the wake
of your absence,
a shadow of warmth
still lingers in OUR
king-size bed
devoid of your weight.

Awakened,
those razor-blade words
you hurled when we parted
repeat and repeat,
voluminous, vile
they surge my bedroom
with turpitude, darkness,
and devious doom.

The Dream (The Bed) Frida Kahlo

Today Lisa hosts dVerse Quadrille, our specific form of writing 44-word poem that incorporates a given word, which today is any form of the word “warm”,

November 28, 2022

27 responses to “King-size bed

  1. “a shadow of warmth still lingers” is so poignant. It does take some getting used to. And Kahlo’s image fits that hovering ghost of what came at the end. It almost looks like jump ropes on the skeleton. Good song choice also.

  2. I’ve always loved that Frida Kahlo painting, Björn, and your quadrille does it full justice. These lines gave me pause for thought:
    ‘a shadow of warmth
    still lingers in OUR
    king-size bed
    devoid of your weight’
    and the alliteration in the second stanza is so fierce and intense.

  3. These words
    “voluminous, vile
    they surge my bedroom
    with turpitude, darkness,
    and devious doom.”
    I love how they sound when I read them aloud. You’ve painted quite a picture here of love gone wrong.

  4. those razor-blade words
    you hurled when we parted

    A most frightful dream one can do without. It happens sometimes when the warmth is freely thrown around.

    Hank

  5. Effective combination of material for a terrific post. Your poem I find filled with palpable anguish of a kind I fear. They say shedding tears is cathartic practice, so thank you—well written

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