Sunday, June 22, 2014

720 : The Meeting

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #166) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are: 
dark, praying, tarot, dancing, seduce, creature,
gun, plague, penny, blood, levitate, dreadful, kiss

The Meeting

It was a normal meeting:
Hats and coats hung up,
Tables and chairs arranged,
Drinks distributed,
A pentangle drawn in blood…

But today would be different
Very, very different.


The room went dark
The odd red spark;

The creatures vile

Who dribbled bile;

The serpent’s hiss
The sulph’rous kiss;

The dreadful smell
Of pits from Hell;

The dancing souls,
The flaming poles;

The tarot cards,
The cutting shards;

The naked fawns
Seduced on lawns;

Corpses mated;

Souls, if any,
For a penny;

Palms well greased,
Plagues released;

The faithful sing
A praying ring;

No guns repel
The team from Hell.

But lights disperse
This demon curse —

Once comes the sun
The party's done

And so they went,
To parliament.


And so it was, 
Dear reader,
The quietest Liberal* 
Party room meeting
In many a year.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2014

*In the Australian sense,
Liberal = Conservative = Republican.

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  1. From normal, to hell and back! Bravo!

  2. I was reading my Tarot cards before I read your poem~ I love the layering effect and how the crescendo brought us into the reality of hell-politics! How the world pays for their back street antics~ Well Done

  3. And I shudder to think about what happens in a more normal meeting. Though I guess we see the results. Or some of them.

  4. Rather grim, even for politicians.

    Peace and joy!

  5. AnonymousJune 22, 2014

    Nice writing - makes you wonder what goes on in those meetings.

  6. And you know

  7. I was going for a dramatic 'da-dum da-dum, da-dum da-dum' rhythm.

  8. Now everyone will want to come and live here as you painted such a beguiling picture!

  9. By Jings that one's a keeper. I love the rhyming couplets, the wit and the laugh at the end.

  10. Made me think of the witches around the pot..except if Australian politics is like UK politics it would be wizards..and the women would serve the tea..Also made me think of druids at Stonehenge last night..that's all robes and chanting the sense of double, double toil and trouble with your usual spot on social commentary!

  11. Odd lot those political types! Not sure I want to know what goes on. Brilliant read though!

  12. This is very good and a great ending!

  13. Oh, it was blazingly! You took me on the vertiginous ride! And you know I'm glad that I'm sitting where I'm sitting right now, on my chair. Cool read though!

  14. Oh, those politicians and their sinister games!

    Dancing and Praying

  15. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but definitely fitting.

  16. Beautiful done and yes, some do sell their soul

  17. AnonymousJune 23, 2014

    I wonder what you think of the Liberal Party? No prizes!!!


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