Devil’s in the details. It’s a 6.

she went down Purgatory Chasm, silent on her lips one last prayer, demons nipping at her heels released, fled their lair

her poppa warned her, “child, that ain’t no place for you“, trust me little darlin’, there’s nothing more to do” 

she went down Purgatory Chasm, stood upon the edge, and through the heavy sea salt spray called upon the dead

she understood the process, she’d read about the lore, soul for soul the trade off, that and nothing more

they say her screams were cradled by crashing ocean waves, licking like a fire’s first flame this is what she said

you took my momma from us for that I can’t forgive, so I’ll damn my soul forever, if you let my daddy live


30 thoughts on “Devil’s in the details. It’s a 6.

  1. Violet Lentz July 4, 2019 / 9:57 am

    You have found a brilliant poetic voice. I love this. I posted, but cannot llink on my phone. Maybe tomorrow…

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  2. UP July 4, 2019 / 10:50 am

    Great post. I’m out of town , didn’t bring my laptop and am having difficulty commenting on most of the SSSes today.

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  3. clark July 4, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    emotions painting the picture, the earth being the canvas, gods totally secondary and incidental.*

    * or something, lol

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 4, 2019 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Reena. She was an innocent, driven by young and naive emotions, but it’s how she lived. By her heart.

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      • D. Avery @shiftnshake July 4, 2019 / 10:44 pm

        You’re welcome. You are revealing your poet self more and more. But please, “Ms Avery” is on vacation and ingogneato.

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge July 5, 2019 / 11:00 am

          Vacation…I need one! Lol
          Poetry is what I mostly wrote in my pre-blog days. Seems to be demanding equal “air” time of late😁

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 4, 2019 / 2:17 pm

      He was the only parent she ever knew. It was from him she learned about sacrifice.


  4. Josie Two Shoes July 4, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    This was beautiful and intriguing. Young and innocent, yet determined, she knew in her heart what she felt had to be done, and I like to think that somewhere in the hereafter there is a place of absolution when methods are wrong, but motives are pure.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 4, 2019 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Josie. You nailed it. She knew it to be the only thing she could think of to do. In the name of love.
      I so hope your vision of the hereafter contains that place. Surely, many of us have been in that position at one time or another.

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  5. Pat Brockett July 4, 2019 / 8:19 pm

    This is so sad, but what brilliantly written prose, Denise.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 4, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you very much, Pat. I try to see and acknowledge the beauty beyond the sad.


  6. dyannedillon July 5, 2019 / 12:11 am

    “Chasm” is a great choice of words. You can see her spiraling into it, both literally and figuratively. Terrific 6!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge July 5, 2019 / 7:07 am

      I like that word – one of those subtly “powerful” words.
      Thank you, Dyanne!


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