Poetry by Amanda McLeod : Ophelia, Drowned & Broken

Ophelia, Drowned

in madness and sorrow

turn from the depths, child,

and bathe your face in sweet light

let the current be your baptism

instead of your death

emerge clean, shining

know this darkness is not forever

beyond shadow, there is always light

for one does not exist without the other

give the river your sadness

but not your soul

your beauty is needed here

your joy brings joy to others

an ending means a new beginning

but not this kind of end

there is more for you here

than what one man could take away

let another you come forth




make the water your mirror

what do you see

when you search for yourself there?





Brother night, take me—-

Let me feel the coolness

Of your hands on my fevered skin

Sweet darkness—-

Drop your midnight veil

The harsh light of the sun

Burns my eyes Sears my lungs Scalds my heart

Pour on me the countless raindrops

That become the flood

Let darkmoon silence

Hum in my ears a mute ritual

Float me womblike in

Comfortable ebony air

My lacquered bones holding

No weight

Glass splinters

Prickle my stomach

Pierce my skin

I pull them out one by one

Careful not to spill my own blood; watch

The glitter spread on towels

Mind my step

Crushed hearts are sharp when

Only stars light the way

Each shard wet with the broken promise

Of an empty vessel

Amanda McLeod is an Australian creative. Her fiction and poetry can be found in Semicolon Lit, Ghost Parachute, Crepe & Penn, and other places. She is also the Managing Editor at Animal Heart Press. When she’s not playing with words, she’s usually looking for wild quiet places or good coffee. Find her on Twitter @AmandaMWrites or on her website amandamcleodwrites.com

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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