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
long before
Acrid insect Spite
In a born bitch childhood

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.


  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.

  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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