NaPoWriMo 2023 — Day 29: “Sequel”

29. Sequel

seeing daylight again,
the slate blue heaviness
lingering around
       like the fog
       of last night
still clouding bloodshot eyes

there’s a memory of tears
floating on a sunbeam
streaming through
the torn curtain
       but she doesn’t
       know if it’s hers
or the ghost girl’s

yes, that was her body
strapped down tight
inside the spirit cabinet
       but her mind
   crossed the veil
                       long ago

bone dust sparkles
on the floor
       and sitting up
is a victory

a flood fills
the spectral plane
inside her head
and the oil-outlined
violet orbs of truth
pop and sizzle,
        dance and explode
before her,
blurring any hope
from her view

Image by Charles Thonney from Pixabay

Published by Jennifer Patino


12 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2023 — Day 29: “Sequel”

  1. There’s so many great lines in this poem, Jennifer! It’s a really great take on this image, because it’s surprising and yet, I kind of understand how you got to it. Love the result! And well done… you’re almost there ❤️

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  2. I always wonder which line was the actual first written in a poem like this (I often start in the middle) but oh… “inside the spirit cabinet” and “bone dust sparkles” are lines for forever. 💜

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