dVerse Goes Gothic

An Unscented Rose

She stood
on the hill
on the cliff’s ridge,
seeing only bleakness
in the sun
in the sea, blue
washed curtained sky.

when his carriage
was drawn
and broken.
His journey
blackened into descent.

His onyx-black coffin,
a procession
with those unscented roses.
Why, too, did their
fragrance escape.

Where she once stood
where the sun settled
into night’s ruins,
where stones throw
themselves from cliffs,
where she never
saw the quiet
of another daybreak.

The silk of her skirts
in her legs,
and as she fell no one
deciphered her
silent plunge.

Only a tangle of black
thick hair
caught the overhang
of a branch,
outstretched in the wind
like a gliding snake.

dVerse Goes Gothic   © Misky 2020 Image “Funeral at the Church with a Tower” from WikiArt. Public Domain cc:00

17 responses to “dVerse Goes Gothic”

  1. Haunting and solemn. This is a perfect gothic piece!

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    1. Crackly! Coming from the mistress of goth, I’m chuffed!

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  2. You rocked the prompt, Misky! 💝 This right here is every bit a perfect, chilling not to mention gorgeous Gothic poem! I especially love; “His onyx-black coffin, a procession with those unscented roses. Why, too, did their fragrance escape.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 😀


    1. It was fun to write. Thanks for reading it.


  3. What a dark and haunting (but also romantic) tale… I can really feel that her plunge into despair could happen for real

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    1. Yes, despair could send someone “over the edge”.


  4. That bleakness could be so devastating that it can cause one to to take a silent plunge. A tragedy well written.


    1. Indeed it might. Thanks for reading it, Grace.


  5. The branch and black hair “like a gliding snake” — what an image to leave the reader with!


    1. Yeah, I liked that bit … gave me a shiver.


  6. Oh, Misky! This takes my breath away, truly…gorgeous from first line to last. This: “where stones throw
    themselves from cliffs”, and the final 2 stanzas are my fave picks…but really ALL of it is so striking and exquisite.

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      1. You’re sincerely welcome 🙂


  7. Wow – this is a Gothic masterpiece! It’s not sentimental or overstated, but it’s truly haunting.

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  8. Beverly Crawford avatar
    Beverly Crawford

    And we’re left to wonder if her plunge was intentional or she merely got entangled in her skirts. Great tale!

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