Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lilith -- Magpie Tales



 Not quite human was what they whispered . . .
Some called her daughter of the djinn.
Old Adam's first wife, others muttered . . .
Immortal,  she returns again.

Wicked stepmother in grim fairy tales,
All of history's evil queens,
She-wolf, Jezebel, Medea . . .
Stalking  through our midnight dreams.

Honing her lipstick to the killing point,
La Belle Dame sans merci paints her smiles.
Blood-dark kisses stain forever
Those lost souls by Lilith beguiled.

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29 comments:

joanny said...

Vicki

WOW! A powerful descriptive poem of the archetype of Lilith -- "Lilith's blood-dark kisses stain forever."

The Demon Goddess all men secretly fear throughout the ages -- Your poem shows the raw energy of this beguiling temptress wielding incredible power over "Those lost souls whom she beguiles."

You are a very Versatile writer,
and the image is quite provacative, just beautiful
with her long red hair.
Joanny

Martin H. said...

Vicki, you can have me chuckling one day and shuddering the next!

Very atmospheric indeed.

Peter Goulding said...

Hi Vicki, thought I'd drop by as I always look forward to your magpies and was surprised you hadn't linked.
And it was well worth the visit! I'd never heard of Lilith but she seems a fascinating character (thoughI wish she'd lose the snake)
Haunting and shuddering, she sounds like our ancient Celtic goddess Morrigan.

Vicki Lane said...

There's a bit of influence too from Robert Graves' WHITE GODDESS, Joanny.

Keeping you on your toes, Martin!

Peter G. -Undoubtedly Morrigan is an aspect of Lilith who is the prototype.

willow said...

Deliciously dark! I'm fascinated by Lilith. In fact, I was just thinking this week about doing a post on her. Maybe I was picking up your vibes. do-do..do-do (that's Twlight Zone, in case you didn't recognize it)

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

What a powerful, beautifully crafted poem this is, Vicki! I especially love the lipstick honed to the killing-point. Fabulous. And that image of Lilith, all that red hair. And to think of her being a snake-handler!
Can you imagine her walking into a church like that, ready for action?

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

The Morrigan is a fascinating goddes, with her battle crows. I think some of them have taken up here in our woods!

Star said...

Nice touch Vicki. I loved your imagery. Lilith though, what a wonderful choice for a fire goddess.
Blessings, Star

C.M. Jackson said...

wonderful imagery--my favorite lines..Stalking through our midnight dreams--Lilith's blood-dark kisses stain forever those lost souls whom she beguiles.

great work!

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, me too, Willow. Actually, when I was in my teens I really wanted to change my name to Lilith or Deirdre but my mother held firm against it.Now I'm just as glad.

The Holiness churches around here wouldn't know quite what to make of her, I expect, Kay. And yes, Morrigan is another goodie. A good contingent of her crows are over our way too.

Thanks, Star and C.M. The minute I saw the prompt picture I felt a chill. It seemed quite dark and deadly for some reason.

Vagabonde said...

At first glance, the first picture to me looked like a dark flame coming from an out of focus, smoky background. Then I looked at the snaked woman and read your story. Then I clicked the link to the Magpie Tales and it was then that I realized it was not a flame but a lipstick. Your story went so well with the first picture that I had not taken a second glance – in my mind’s eye it was a dark flame.

spacedlaw said...

Killing lipstick are hot items.

SUN DANCE HILL said...

Marvelous, just love this poem - my favorite this week! It flows so very nicely, and is so seductive and mystical.

tori said...

just love this Vicki! very creepy!

christine said...

Very powerful imagery. it gave me shivers!

Christine

Helen said...

This is wonderful! Dark, deep, mysterious .... yummy!

Catalyst said...

Vicki, in my past wicked life I'm just glad I never ran across this babe! Haunting poem!

Vicki Lane said...

It does look like a dark flame, Vagabonde -- and it works both ways.

Several of us saw it that way, spacedlaw!

Thank you, Sun Dance Hill, tori, and Christine, and Helen!

You may meet her yet, Catalyst! Be on the lookout!

amy said...

Wow ~ poignant!

"honing her lipstick to the killing point"

excellent...

steviewren said...

Sorry for this stupid moment....aha...now I understand why Frazier's wife was named Lilith! Thanks!

Friko said...

It's all been said already, but let me say, that I am impressed.

Merisi said...

Lipsticks should come with a warning sticker,
some women too. ;-)

Vicki Lane said...

Amy, Back in the day when I wore lipstick -- about forty years ago -- I never managed to keep such a precise point and it was the first thing that caught my eye about this photo.

Steviewren -- I never watched Frazier but now I guess I know something about his wife.

Thanks, Friko -- and I'll try to do a post on Fridge Soup this weekend --

Too true, Merisi.

Tipper said...

A very scary woman Lility is!

Ji said...

powerful,
you are gifted!

Ji said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/because-she-is-plain-magpie-tale/

Happy Wednesday!
i write my first magpie,
i would enjoy some encouragement from you.

;)

Pat transplanted to MN said...

That was terrifically out there somewhere! Never would have thought of lipstick to a killing point! Excellent writing; expected no less from you but it's always something surprising...!

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Tipper, Ji, and Pat!

Poetikat said...

I loved that honing to the "killing point" and the list of evil queens. Really paints an alluring, yet creepy picture. I like it!