all sad girls are beautiful

by: Cynthia Mayhew

My mothers mother
Was an evil strega bitch
Hissing like a spider crab
She would shake her head
“Tsk Tsk”
The scorpion claw that was her mind
Always looking for a pricked payout
Even now, memoried bitter breath – chills me
Crawling fingers-nicotine
We moved away from her when I was three
To my grandfather’s island
Bluffs, conchs, sand dollars, shoals
They welcomed us home
When she came to “check on us”
Her black bomb muffler exploding
I had hid under the bed
Her heels clicking and clacking
Yellow fingers bleeding, snapping
Neurotoxic Countess
Venomous strega snake
“Mom, can’t nana leave you alone?”
I wondered about her childhood
Somewhere deep in my mind
I pictured her squishing ants
Acrid insect spite
I think her cracker face smiled
a little on the ends
where she once was something
good
long before
Acrid insect Spite
In a born bitch childhood

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About Tim Keeton

Flashfiction published by Seedpod Pub. Poetry appears in Read Write Poem 2010 Anthology. Founder & creator of the Undead Poets Society
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10 Responses to all sad girls are beautiful

  1. Tim Keeton says:

    Wow! A strega, huh? Wonderful poem, Cynthia.

    Rhyme on!

  2. Sandra says:

    made me think of V. C. Andrews Dollanganger series (Flowers in the Attic, etc.).
    “scorpion claw that was her mind…crawling fingers-nicotine…neurotoxic countess…” gah. love it. a beautiful poem for all the beautiful girls out there.

  3. Joanny says:

    The poem reads like rolling thunder, captive and powerful, good choice of words both extreme and descriptive.

    Joanny

  4. Big fan. Great poem! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gally says:

    Wow, amazing poem! I can relate. I especially love the line “Neurotoxic Countess.”

  6. cynmayhew says:

    This is my first submission, and I didn’t even see it until now. I really am happy to see that you liked my piece, and the comments made me very happy. Thank you very much.
    ~Cyn

  7. Cynthia

    First submission? Wow! Well done. Loved it all, but
    especially, ‘Her heels clicking and clacking
    Yellow fingers bleeding, snapping’

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