Weirdest

Old Mother cooled
at moonrise.

I licked her paws
and her snout, but
her bark didn’t rumble,
she didn’t bare teeth.

I howled in her ear
and whined like a kit,
but she never warmed.

.
Vixen arrived
with the ice.

I let her sniff and lie—
the home was big.
But when Vixen neared
Old Mother, I barked
from a low crouch and
got ready to pounce.

“Weird,” she said,
backing away from us,
“every skulk has its Weird.”

.
Old Mother’s kin crept in
with the warm rains.

“Weird,” Vixen barked,
“there’s man by the water.
With loud firestick
and help of fur traitor.
We’ve to run!”

“Home,” I said to Vixen,
glancing at the dead leaves
covering Old Mother’s bones.
“Home, I defend. We fight?”

“For cold bones and dirt?”
Vixen shook her head
and ran off.

.
After barks and growls
pounded into the home,
I pressed one eye
to a big gap in the door.
A black and white dog
lay unmoving
in Old Mother’s
oaks and weeds;
Vixen—bloodied
from muzzled to belly—
whined and trembled
under man’s firestick.

I didn’t think,
just rushed through the gap
and leapt for man’s throat.

While in midair,
fire exploded in
one of my hind paws,
right before I sank teeth
into man’s flesh.

.
Now, bleeding from a leg stump,
all mangled flesh and broken bone,
I chewed on killer-weeds
and invited Gaia’s last dark.

.
Light and warmth
awakened my eyes,
shock and mirth
made my body rise,
for a leg of Old Mother’s oak
had been added to my might—

Old Gaia blessed her
weirdest.

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linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Tuesday Platform

Inspired by “Weirdest”, the winner of Expanding Wee Bits of Dark Fiction and Poetry, 5; the original poem was inspired by a drawing in Jeremy A. Bastian’s Discordia (yes, my Luvs, inspiration seems to be running wild around this parts *cough, cough, cough*).

Fox Drawing (detail), by Jeremy A. Bastian
– detail from a fox drawing in Jeremy A. Bastian’s Discordia (see full image HERE)

Loving You through the Veil

I want to start Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances (the pre-party) with love that dares to see the light through the darkest of times. The following poem, inspired by Sunshine Shelle’s “Til Death”, feels just right to my Muse and witchy heart.

“Loving You through the Veil”

My words taste of you,
sing your scent into my dreams
until my all is you and me

again.

Last spring, I rained
morning after morning…
and at night

summer scorched your absence
into my skin.

I await the fall,
when October thins
all barriers,
and you feel me, still

loving you through the Veil.

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linked to Poets United, Poetry Pantry 272

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Loving You through the Veil (1)“Til Death” (work in progress), by Sunshine Shelle

Loving You through the Veil (2)
Shelle’s desk, showing “Mistress Moon” (mine!) and “Til Death”

Loving You through the Veil (3)
Shelle’s Driftwood Castle, where wicked delicious art is born
(I just love it, so I had to show you… and giggle)

pre-Witches in Fiction 2015, first giveaway:
paintings and a gift voucher from Sunshine Shelle

“Til Death” is 1 of the 3 gifts, with which my dearest Shelle is sponsoring Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances. 3 prizes, for 3 lucky Wicked Luvs:

1st Prize – “Til Death” (the finished piece)
2nd Prize – a customized painting, by Shelle (the winner dictates)
3rd Prize – a $20 voucher for any of the shops sponsoring the party (except Shelle’s)

Here is how to enter this giveaway: Leave a comment telling me what bits of my poem and of Shelle’s painting caught your attention, and why. For one extra entry, share your thoughts on the phrase, “Till death us do part”. Wishing for a second extra entry? Share this post on Facebook (tag me and Sunshineshelle Artist & Art). And you can get a third extra entry, if you add these words at the end of your comment: “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!” Good luck, my Luvs. 😉

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winners. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, then please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way to contact you, I will choose another name.

* You can group all your entries in a single comment—or not… the choice is yours.

* To my Canadians, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical brilliance by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…

* All Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaways will end on October 20th, 2015, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winners will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2015.

* This giveaway is open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.


This is a pre-party post. Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances wont take place until October 17th; to join the celebration, click the link.