– The Telling –
the death instinct is mine to share
all my entrails in its possession
alone in berlin i taste it, here
its potency is my obsession
the gone girl haunts echoing streets
her fate infects the stones of the walls
i dream of escape, but none can save
me from her torment; her curdling calls
she follows, chases, tracks my steps
the harbour drowning in fear and flood
her one last revolt, desperate, frantic
fuelled by passion, a fire in the blood
the red coffin is now her home
laid to rest, no honour, no glory
few come to witness, care or lament
here i remain, trapped in her story
43 thoughts on “The Telling – dVerse Form for All”
Wow you are “Shining.”
Oooh, thank you! 🙂
🙂 Nice mention on the haibun challenge page! Congrats! 🙂
Thank you so much! 🙂
Love it, such a rich, vivid piece. I especially love the first stanza, powerful.
Thank you, Kathryn. Funny – the first one was the hardest to make work…:)
alone in berlin… of course i’m fascinated by that title…oy…have to read it… and the red coffin.. dang… i like… also great close with being trapped in her story..
Thank you, Claudia. Alone in Berlin is actually a diary from an unknown woman caught up in Berlin when the Russian Army arrived at the end of World War Two. It is compelling reading.
You find some amazing titles… nice and chilling use of them
I was lucky! As were you all, otherwise if I had been forced to search my limited home library the result may have been relatively uninspiring…
Yikes, I would really hate to be trapped in someone else’s story.
Yes. Food for thought, now you come to mention it.
nice last line…trapped in her story…which makes everything you said of the gone girl all the more personal to you….well played….
Thank you so much, Brian.
Clever but frightening ending! You have written an atmospheric piece.
I get the feeling you would like me to write something a little cheery and up-beat 😉
That’s never really been my choice – either of reading or writing to be honest!
At least there was atmosphere in there, which I am glad you enjoyed! 🙂
Yes, I enjoyed the atmosphere and I do respect your choices. 🙂
Engrossing, captivating poetry inspired by your titles!
Thank you, Maggie.
Hi Freya, another engaging piece, I really like the way you have used the texts to weave a tale culminating in the last line which I read as you the reader as well as the persona being trapped inside the novel, which I think does happen, as good writing can in effect grab us and hold us within their words. Well done.
How perceptive of you! And that moment when we finish an uttterly engaging novel and find that the rest of the world is still doing its thing, unaware of the momentous journey we readers have completed – oh, the shock!
Thank you for your kind words 🙂
Very cool bunch of titles!
Excellent story oozing between the title lines – quite a title concoction,I think!
Thank you, Gay.
Very nicely done Freya. I like your stack, and the weaving of titles into the poem is just magical!
Wow, love the darkness & fire in the words ~ Enjoyed the weaving of your words with the titles ~
Thank you, Grace. I’m very glad you enjoyed it.
Clever connections inbetween the titles.
Thank you, Aprille.
Really cool to see how the title arrangement inspired this poem–very nice!
Thank you. I can confirm, hand on heart, that I just piled them up on my desk, took the photo and left the office a few moments later. Serendipity!
This is quite intense, well done! I like the allusion to the books, which in themselves are excellent reads.
Thank you, Lorri. I am (often) intensity personified… 😉
I just adore how you’ve embraced the idea of spine poery, despite the slim number of volumes in your office, and how you wove your own words to fill in the seams. Beautiful!
Thank you so much!
Apart from the spine, the poem itself is challenging! Beautiful one..
Thank you very much, Adam!
Weaaving your titles into the poem gives a really pleasing effect; tehre are parts I recognise and much that is new to me.
Weaving should only have 1 ‘a’ … smiles
Thank you, Tony!