The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
Her cloak thrown carelessly on the chair,
a field of rolling velvet hills where
up and down spiders swarm,
drawn to a decanter tinged
with garnet — Muguet from Paris,
created at the first of World War I,
and none to follow for a year –
the survivors might as well have
bought the scent of perfumed blood.
Certain songs of times gone by
of young men dying in the trenches,
with only crumpled memories of home,
letters scented with Muguet,
signatures in carmine kisses.
The air is thick with shadowed secrets –
like the single rose she puts beside
her precious, priceless perfume,
darkly sacred as her memories.
She never charged conscripted men,
forgets she died in 1924.
Fiction © Copyright Marge Simon
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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