After a reading of “Lady Lazarus.”

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A puff of powder, a dab of lipstick
and sprinkle
of ozone-friendly aerosol to keep my hair subdued,
there is little that hasn’t been said
about what goes on
inside
a Poet’s head; one suspects a double death,
for outside
even the sourwood blushes.

 

 

 

Photo credits: Loui Jover, “Cocktail Drawing,” Pinterest

De is our hostess today at dVerse and the word is “Dab.”
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Posted for Quadrille #119 @ dVerse Poets Pub

Comments

  1. Bjorn Rudberg says:

    Brilliant… love the way you refer back to the poet (and I had to read Lady Lazarus also)… thank you for that.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  2. De Jackson says:

    OH! I love this so much, Sanaa. This earns multiple reads, with intrigue!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, De πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (and thank you for the glorious prompt) 🌹

  3. Sanaa- So much meaning in only 44 words- superb!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Linda πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  4. Brilliant, Sanaa! I love the portrait of the image-conscious Poet, the internal rhyming of β€˜said’ and ’head’, the hint at dark dealings, and those β€˜sourwood blushes’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, my dearest Kim πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  5. Ingrid says:

    This is perfectly formed and a beautiful homage to Plath’s poem, Sanaa! You have given me two memorable final lines to take away tonight!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  6. Well done, Sanaa! Great imagery and final lines. A wonderful homage to Plath, even though her poem makes me squirm with its allusions.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Merril πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  7. Misky says:

    The image works perfectly with this steamy poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Misky πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  8. Had to look up sourwood; thanks. You put a lot of thought into this quadrille. Plath is showing up often in our group.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Glenn πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  9. Laudable work, Sanaa. Sylvia would love it, I think.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ron πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  10. So true of the poet’s head! It encouraged a visit to Plath. Thank you.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Beverly πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  11. Wow, Sanaa, that was such a twist – well done!

    This phrase made me go back and reread the whole thing all over again:

    inside a Poet’s head

    All best,
    David

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, David πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  12. Dora says:

    Evocative lines, Sanaa, and steeped in irony. Love it! β€οΈπŸ’œ

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dora πŸ˜€ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  13. Gillena Cox says:

    What goes on in a poet’s head indeed. Lady Lazarus is mysterious and charmi ng

    Happy Monday

    MuchπŸ’love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Happy Monday to you too, Gillena πŸ’„β€οΈ

      Much love…

  14. calmkate says:

    you’ve wowed us all with this amazing tribute to Sylvia … I prefer yours! Great imagery and leaves us to add our own conclusions …

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awww gosh! Thank you so much, Kate πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ’„β€οΈ

  15. Dwight Roth says:

    Great poem Sanaa! I love the painting and the feel of that as you weave your blushing words through the mind of the poet!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Dwight πŸ˜€ so glad the poem resonated with you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  16. Ooh I really like this piece. Well written.

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  17. Nicely done, Sanaa! <3

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jenna πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  18. One must always subdue the hair! I do feel like she’s repressing more here though. Something bubbling below the surface, fascinating! 😍

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Tricia πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

  19. M. Jay Dixit says:

    Lovely!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mrityunjay Dixit πŸ™‚ so good to see you πŸ’„β€οΈ

  20. Lillian says:

    Wonderful tribute to Plath! The image is quite amazing and the words complement it so very well. I’m wondering….did you do the write first and then find the image? Or find the image first and then, motivated by it, wrote this delicious piece?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Lillian πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it πŸ’„β€οΈ

      (I write first and then look for a suitable image) πŸ™‚

  21. Sara McNulty says:

    Love those “sourwood blushes”!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it πŸ’„β€οΈ

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