Widow’s Black

Widow’s black blows through this glen.
It’s a shadow cast
by unbearable loss of fractured hearts.
It’s a brittle wind
that pierces an icy fevered breeze,
and straddles those weak of joy.
Widow’s black teases reason
into willowy tangles, and rustles
and tugs at skirts.
It dries tears to sheaths of crusty gems
that glint in morning’s
taught-strung light. Widow’s black sings sweet
calliope songs
that explode in soft sheaths of dark
bewilderment, and no charms or enthralled
beguilements, nor slip-stitchery mending
can restore true love lost
and protect a woman from the colour black.


Written for Sunday Whirl Wordle #77
(words include: charm, willows, crust, rustle, unbearable, explode mending, fever, brittle, breeze, piercing, sheaths)

Author: Misky

‘Misky’ lives in the UK surrounded by flowers, freshly baked bread, and always keeps dog biscuits in her pocket for her blind Springer Spaniel. She never buys clothing without pockets. Her work is widely published.

25 thoughts on “Widow’s Black”

    1. Hi Benjamin, and thanks for reading and leaving a comment on this one. I’m pleased that you like it. As for this headache, I’ve had it a few days now, and I’m darned bored with it already.

  1. This is wonderfully atmospheric. I like how your poem goes full circle, begins and ends with black and carries the darkness throughout!

  2. Oh, this reminds me of two things. The first of Queen Elizabeth, who after her beloved passed, wore black for the rest of her life. And also of those European elders, whose husband departed first and they too wore black allowing no color to shade their emotions.

    We allow our imagination free reign with the wordles and so they go!
    Thanks for your visit.

  3. May I be brave enough to celebrate my man’s life in living color, should he pass before me. This is gorgeous, Misky, if not shrouded in sadness. Black, the outward expression of grief.

  4. Misky!! This is wonderful!! I just love how your topic keeps persisting with the dark, heavy feeling throughout and your ending is just stunning from “no charms…” on…I love your ending!!

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