Cruel Beauty


The nature of paranoia

feels persecuted by nature

 sees flowers gossiping

their pistols pissing/hissing

stamens wagging

with stories about

the outsider

who turns away in tears

malicious, vicious words

pollinating the silence

while venomous stamens

 draw ovules of blood

as the razor sharp leaves

slit  slender petals

11 responses

  1. Ellen
    As poetically wonderful as this prose was with it’s magnificent photograph, I was left feeling very concerned about you. I don’t wish to be an alarmist. But my heart feels more than sad for you right now. I feel worried about you. I hope you are in good hands and have an insightful listener. If I could I’d send you a real life hug. I can only send this cyber hug. And tell you that you are loved and cared for with me.


    May 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    • Dear Yisraela,
      No need to worry but I thank you SO much for your concern. A lot of times I write about past states of mind when I WAS in trouble– real trouble. Right now thanks to a loving husband, therapy and medication they are mostly memories. Thanks for the cyber hug and a hug back to you for caring. You are very special.
      xxx ellen


      May 10, 2013 at 9:03 PM

  2. WOW, you are amazing-good at this! Talk about making something beautiful out of the horrible…wow. God bless you abundantly today–love, sis Caddo


    May 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    • Thank you SO much for reading and the generous comment. God bless you! xxx ellen


      May 10, 2013 at 9:18 PM

  3. Ellen, So poignant I am in awe as always.


    May 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    • Thank you, Stina. Hope the calculus exam came out okay!


      May 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      • It did! Thanks for asking, I’m going to brag a bit ,I was one of only two students who got 100% on the test. I guess all of that studying paid off! You are sweet to ask, I appreciate it.


        May 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      • Wow!! Congratulations! That’s amazing!


        May 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

  4. Genie

    Projection of inner states of the mind and emotions onto the environment is powerful stuff.
    Well written, it’s raw and honest.


    May 11, 2013 at 1:59 AM

  5. Striking, touching, heart-wrenching poem in a form I like it personally. Blatant.
    Brilliant writing Ellen!


    May 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    • Really, Arjun, you liked it so much?? Thank you! Blushing.


      May 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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