ink blot


she’s not
what you think; no
substance, all salt

filled with faults and
fears and
fragile fragment
moonlight waning.

she’s framing the day
in whispers and tears,
soap shavings of song.

she’s wired
and weird,
but she

sits here
quilled in stars.


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27 Responses to ink blot

  1. Mandie Hines says:

    So beautiful!

  2. That’s a great character to spring from an ink blot!

  3. A powerful Q, De. I especially love “Quilled in stars.” That’s truly a writer’s image. 🙂

  4. kanzensakura says:

    As usual, your Q’s are so lovely and filled with so much beneath the words.

  5. Just Barry says:

    I like how the poem itself is an ink blot, open to many interpretations. Love the whispy, longing language used here.

  6. I’m still thinking of “soap shavings of song”! Mysterious and leaving us wanting more!

  7. I love the fractured form of this poem. It matches the subject.

  8. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I dig the raw openness of this inkblot gal (whom I may have dated in college). I, too, was hooked at /soap shavings of song/–reminding me of the bar of soap I munched on after saying the F-word in front off my Mom.

  9. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the description of her being “wild and weird”, but still.

  10. Justin Lamb says:

    The wording is fun to read.

  11. oh boy…getting cross eyed with the number of poems I’ve read this month…so nice to land on a page and know where i am for a moment. Thanks to your ink blot.

  12. kim881 says:

    This is a quirky Quadrille, De! Great word combinations:
    ‘all salt
    filled with faults and
    fears and
    fragile fragment’
    moonlight waning’
    ‘soap shavings of song’.

  13. ghostmmnc says:

    ‘…she’s wired wild weird…’ love this part! Sounds like someone I’d like to know. 🙂

  14. Singledust says:

    she’s framing the day
    in whispers and tears,

    lovely De, this was so descriptive of a place and time every woman goes through to be stronger again

  15. Grace says:

    Love that ending and this line: soap shavings of song. Amazing Q poem as always De ~

  16. Olga says:

    Loved your title, “ink blot’, then flowing into “she’s not what you think”. The wired wild and weird can be often misunderstood. Interesting ending that makes me wonder. ❤

  17. “Quilled in stars…” Wow. I feel like I know “her so well.” She is everywoman, I suspect.

  18. I like the flow in this piece. Well written.

  19. sanaarizvi says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous write!❤️

  20. Waltermarks says:

    it reminds me of an ocean scene at night, the shore and the night stars quilled in her frame

  21. Charley says:

    Out of all of your poem, I choose:
    she’s framing the day
    in whispers and tears,
    soap shavings of song.
    This shows what you tell in the next stanza.

  22. ‘soap shavings of song’ – I love this, as well as the word, ‘quilled.’ Excellent poem, De!

  23. thotpurge says:

    Loved soap shavings of song.. wonderful!

  24. ‘she’s wired wild and weird, but she sits here still quilled in stars’ is so beautiful and full of love xxx

  25. Love it all… no substance all salt… wonderful

  26. kaykuala h says:

    she’s wired wild
    and weird,

    ‘Do not disturb’ that seems the message!


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