Friday, May 11, 2018

My Lover Does Not Deserve Black--By Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios--United States

My Lover Does Not Deserve Black

I wear scarlet to his funeral,
 a beautiful floor-length silk
with sleeves 
that flick the air like flames,
a splash of red electricity. 

I swirl with bagpipe's skirls 
the sound drenching
the mourners 
crushed in black, 
mute and dark eyed.

My throat, torn open, 
pours out scarlet grief 
which splashes the sky, 
stains my skin,
and smears the air with roses.

I am the solitary scarlet bell.

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick-Vrenios' award winning chapbook, Special Delivery, was published in the spring of 2016.  She has poems published in various anthologies including Stories of Music, Love Notes from Humanity, Poeming Pidgeon, Passager, NILVX, Unsplendid, Scissors and Spackle and the American Journal of Poetry. She is a Professor Emerita from American University, artistic director of the Redwoods Opera in Mendocino, California, and has spent much of her life performing as a singing artist across Europe and the United States.


  1. Dear Elizabeth,

    Thank you for your poem, so full of emotion!

    Best wishes,

  2. I love how intense this is-- visual effects are flowing fast from hidden scenes of a soul crashing into trauma. Very nice. Ruth Rehberg

  3. Excellent work Elizabeth, really enjoyed it from beginning to end! Very powerful message.

  4. Very powerful & extremely well-written

  5. Dear Elizabeth,

    This is a powerful poem as expressed above. I agree. You used the hurt by a betrayer and show the depth of the damage it does to others. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here. Congratulations on your other writing successes too.


  6. I like the intensity here, Elizabeth, and also hwo you protray the contrsts of color and emotion.

  7. Elizabeth,
    A great poem. Welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  8. Welcome to Whisper, Elizabeth, and thank you for sharing such a powerful and expressive poem. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading and enjoying more of your work. Continued blessings!


  9. Very well & respectfully told Elizabeth. Shows the kind of love we all should feel for a mate passed on. Very good writing.
    Knight Writer