You love me to be beautiful.
God's gifts announced from lips
composed in carmine, and smile
that faintly dimples. Blue bo-peep eyes
with soft smudged kohl, appealing.
There's always something silky
wrapped closely round this female form
cool first touch and warming in the hand

beware the flare  
combusting flame and smoke

a harridan
breaks out
Parrot mouthed, all curse
and cuss, screech toned
as fingernails drawn
bit by bit
Black-holed and blazing irises
see red.
With bedknot hair
I'll fling and shout a tumult
stamp dust from wooden floors
finish this furore
by flying
at the unhinged door

Note – title chosen (despite its supposed origins from Hebrew to French) because the sound invokes the Spanish bruja (broo-hah) – witch, hag, and other unpleasant terms for woman

Björn’s MTB prompt “Meet the Bar with Dissonance” invites us to write poetry whereby the sounds jar and the rhythm is unbroken

27 thoughts on “Brouhaha

  1. This is gorgeously rendered, Laura! 💝 I especially like; “Parrot mouthed, all curse and cuss, screech toned,” the contrast here works wonders in depicting the two opposite sides of a woman.

  2. Haha! I was waiting for something to come flying at me after your soft first lines..and you did not disappoint! Well that ol’ charmer John Wayne did dare utter in some forgettable line “I like you even more in your wrath”….he had no idea what he was talking about…

    1. did he say that in a film say to Maureen O Hara? As a child, she was my icon and perhaps appeared here with her flaming hair and flashing eyes of temper.

  3. One could not write two more opposing stanzas; incredibly well done. That second stanza is frightening, macabre and angry. As a kid, it was always the female monsters that frightened me the most, banshee, harpy, witch, vampire, succubus, silkie and murderous madwomen.

    1. many thanks Glenn – I had no other way of trialling dissonance other than going for its opposite. I wonder – is a female monster the most fearful perhaps because the most unexpected?

  4. What a glorious transformation and shift of character. From soft and appealing to a harridan, cursing and cussing with bedknot hair. I love this brouhaha….

  5. Your poem goes so perfectly with my study of beauty today. I think beauty encompasses both the cool and warm you describe. I loved the descriptive “parrot mouthed, all curse and cuss.”

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