Flickern' Sweet Mistress

Updated on May 6, 2018
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Kenneth, loves satire and writings to spotlight others, but he also has an "addiction" so to speak, to dramatic and abstract/prose poetry.


Lay low, sweet mistress, and reclaim yesteryear's light

Speak quickly, lady mistress, and walk slowly in shadows.

Of truth, of lies, and gowns of serious words of right.

There walks another fallen mariner down to the gallows.

He once loved you before you hid the moon

Laughing and dancing fools, you won him easy.

Ne'er your love songs came by winking too soon.

You let him touch your shiny gown and giggle breezy.

How many, shiny sweet mistress, did you claim tonight?

How many kisses and sweet whispers did you rob?

Just a fleeting night, a lover's fight . . .

And his death near a heart beat's throb.

Your stallions' shrill puffing against your promises

Ne'er they care, you never dared a night life with her.

Now what's left is a spirit that's deaf with bodices,

She's gone in a wink--a moment there a smile here.

She's a heartless, sweet mistress, oh mariner young Vermont's man

She'll rob you, taunt you, and leave you for dumb in the night.

Drunk on liar's wine your flashing eyes toward his broken land.

She'll not be a wife, young mariner, not day, not here not sight.

As long as the black beetle's song of restless spring . . .she'll be true

As long as the older ravens fly . . .she'll sing for you.

But turn to your true love, the sea, young mariner, she'll turn to a shrew.

And lash death 'round your neck in waters green and blue.

She's an ageless, sweet mistress, who's ne'er claimed a name

From one ship to a skip next, and boredom spells her vex.

One year she will cry to the beggar to worship her spirit so tame.

Quiet, sweet mistress, who's coin will you flex?

The Question I ask

You, my friend is . . .identify, if you can, the true identity of the 'sweet mistress' spoken of in this piece.

© 2018 Kenneth Avery


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Nithya Venkat -- a warm thank you from my heart for such a sweet comment. Thank you for reading and coming by. Visit anytime.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed!! Enjoyed reading.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Gypsy Rose Lee -- thank you and I Love You for reading every one of my pieces of this nature. You, John, Venkatachari M and the rest of my followers are GREAT.

      Keep in touch.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Venkatachari M -- I am so glad to have a friend like you. Thanks and may God bless you.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thanks so Much, John, for your kind remarks. I could live on kind words better than bread and meat.

      Think about this.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Simply beautiful, loved this.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I too was thinking about that. Perhaps a deadly lightning that captures your soul and then, entire body. My perceptions.

      But, Kenneth, you weaved a beautiful poetry here.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Maybe a storm cloud......just a guess. Wonderful poetry Kenneth my friend.


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