Sunday, June 12, 2016

The First Thistle Of June


On the first thistle of June
the devil sings his tune,
Lend me your ear
three deaths haunt the seer.

Wicked birds will fly
on their very first try
to gather children’s hearts
to flavor hell’s tarts.

Gold, raven, and ginger hair
you never know where
beaks will seal dreams
in the blood wax of screams.

Henny, penny, the seer counts to three.
The clock ticks what is and never will be.
Shadows coffin corners of the room
as feathery flutters ripple her womb.

Nightshade is braided to hang on a door
to steal breath, to settle a score.
For every when there’s a where
for every hate there’s a glare.

Sadly the seer is you and me
we pluck love with division and fertilize weeds.
If we keep venom from the tip of our tongues,
the bile song of evil will stop being sung.

So choose the music you sing well
to usher in peace or open the door wider to hell.
We are the world and we chart its course
and no terrain harsher than that of remorse.


 ©Susie Clevenger 2016

11 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

" If we keep venom from the tip of our tongues,
the bile song of evil will stop being sung."

We should all tattoo this on our foreheads. Maybe we'll read it every now and then. And if we get lucky, we might even follow it.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Sinister indeed, and powerful closing.

Gillena Cox said...

Oh that second verse is un-delicious


here's mine

much love...

brudberg said...

I love the inclusion of nightshade... my favorite name of a poisonous plant... (though hemlock works too)...

Kerry O'Connor said...

Brava, Susie! So many memorable lines here, the hint of sulphur and death pervades.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

This was stunning Susie! You certainly creeped me out with your lines.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Creepy good!

Rommy said...

You've given this the feel of an allegory or cautionary tale, which adds a bit more of a classic feel to the nursery rhyme format. It works quite well.

kaykuala said...

So choose the music you sing well
to usher in peace or open the door wider to hell.
We are the world and we chart its course

Amazingly a question of letting the unsettling choose its own fortune or misfortune. It enhances the creeps Susie!

Hank

hedgewitch said...

Yes, the darkness in us often calls and we fail to see we only damage ourselves when we serve it, whatever effect it has on others. Sharp, perceptive and oh so well-written, Susie.

Ellecee said...

Wow, Susie, love this, and your words ring so true. Wonderful fanciful images and a lesson to be learned by all,,,