Sullied Lily

In the looking glass is seen a sullied lily 
From the threshold of whose sable orbs liquid pendants cascade: 

Each fraught with one poignance of a myriad. 

How could one’s pain the other’s pleasure be? 

Whiteness was wrung from the depths that now tell a scarlet story 

That none can be privy to save for the undead, asthenic prey and the daily hunter 

And the wasted shadow camouflaging itself in what it is made of. 

Vice, like poison ivy, overwhelms virtue in the convoluted mind’s vortex, 

Its pernicious seed having taken firm root 

Burgeon strangling tendrils that render the friendly iris limp. 

Yea, what is dead is refractory to the hope renewal. 

The sullied lily has naught but a deflowered chassis and a deadweight core: 

The bud was forced to open before it was willed to bloom. 

Benumbed, the wilting flower remains in the bosom of velvet darkness, 

Waiting on the half-brother of sleep her soul to take lest her body should die yet again. 

She is a stranger to light and her own reflection. 

Circadian rhythm thrown out of kilter, 

Sacrosanct hollows forcefully invaded, 

Innocence’s membrane rent. 

In the looking glass, all she sees is what was an unsullied lily in the lang syne. 


Published by


Writer, editor, human being.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s