A Fragile Pirate She’s come undone, in that way women do when the light has left the day and she’s had a drink or two. She’ll unsheathe a dull sword on memories, broken destinies and unwanted sympathies. Nothing can soothe this grief, a shot of bourbon withholds relief, coursing down her throat its warmth is too brief. Tears cannot fall from eyes of lies, bitterness bound, even though she tries Dammit! Must she seek approval to live her own life? Bottoms up, one more to find that drunken shore, release her sails for a land of plenty Her treasures aren’t in things or diamond rings or men whose promises are empty.
I asked Sheila what prompted this piece and she said…
In writing poetry, some of what I write is based on personal experience while other times I write based on a feeling from something I read or music I listen to. In this particular case, the poem is a result of previous personal experience, a song and some public rantings by someone on a social networking site who’d obviously suffered a broken heart. Poetry is very personal when the reader’s interpretation and the writer’s intent manage to find common ground on the page. My hope is that “A Fragile Pirate” accomplishes this very goal.
I would say so. Thank you, Sheila.
Sheila Pierson is a writer and has finally come to grips with this, and without therapy. She has written short stories, essays and poetry since she was a young child, now pursuing this craft with the passion she has for it. She is currently working on a collection of short stories for publication. The novel always lurks in the shadows, grumbling in the corners of her bedroom just as she drifts off to sleep.
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