Rid Of Me – for Prompt 25 PJ Harvey

Down the dark road

Down the dark road (Photo credit: Sam T (samm4mrox))

Loquacious in your silence
you are a jackal
or born of one
You’ve been on the hunt again
way past midnight
Even ghosts writhe in pain
in your wake

Fretful you have walked
these empty, wide suburban streets
Pacing beneath lamplight, predatory
Blood on your lips
and on your icy fingertips
far worse
You whisper your one promise
to the dark unfeeling night
‘You’ll never be rid of me’

Skin stretched taut against aging cheekbones
I’ve seen better days
You make me handmaiden to destitution
And there isn’t a safe passage
out of town anymore
That was yesterday’s reprieve
I’ve seen your shadow in alleyways
Your scent is such a give-away
Your gods died so long ago
from bitterest regret

Epitome of nothingness
your barren eyes glaze
The animal within coiling
more serpentine than warm-blooded
Are teeth bared
about to strike
or shall we have peace
for one more night?
Underneath you susserate
one promise to eternity
‘In a thousand lifetimes and a thousand more
you’ll never be rid of me’.

(c) Helen Valentina 2013 All rights Reserved


For mindlovemisery’s prompt inspired by PJ Harvey songs, at http://mindlovemisery.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/prompt-25-pj-harvey/

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19 Responses to Rid Of Me – for Prompt 25 PJ Harvey

  1. I love it Helen this is creepy, dark, obsessive, sinister! The mood is perfect. I love the descriptions brilliant work!

  2. Wonderful Helen. I think I shall use this song too.

  3. Terrifying! Really well done:-) H xxx

  4. Have to love a poem that starts with loquacious. Very creepy and chilling.

  5. tyroper says:

    Love that song. She has a live version on YouTube that is extraordinary.

  6. Rachel Izabella says:

    I love PJ Harvey! Your poem is almost frightening in its intensity. Congrats on your prolific talent!

  7. I love that first line. 🙂

  8. phylor says:

    As I read your poem, I was reminded of “The Hunger” with Catherine DeNeuve, Susan Saradon, and David Bowie.
    If you haven’t already seen it, you should — your dark “lyrics” and the never rid of me echoes within me the same sense of dread and fascination.
    Great response to the prompt!

    • Wow thank you – I love that film, also the book it was based on. I also got the CD of the soundtrack because of the wonderful Delibes Lakme aria in it too, so it resonated with me on many levels! 🙂 🙂

      • phylor says:

        I just had this idea that you would know the movie and understand the feelings and images your writing invoked in me.
        Thanks for letting me know there is a book — I’ll have to find it.

      • It’s by Whitley Streiber (the guy who wrote Communion – before he started that alien contact chronicle he wrote horror stories and the Hunger was one of them) It’s really good, he’s a very good writer. 🙂

      • phylor says:

        Thanks — I’m not familiar at all with his writing. Always great to discover a new writer.
        I tend to read mysteries, so this will be a new genre to explore!

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