Black Snake Blossom

A night of bad dreams
And curled spine
Tugged me to a corner table
For a Bloody Mary breakfast
Red and green like Christmas cheer
Of the black dog kind
That bites

And then I saw it

A hole in the corner of my elbow
Skin puckered and folded back
Like an origami crane, wings spread
Too beautiful for me
To ever know how to fold

I took one edge in my fingers, and pulled
Like a loose thread, loose tooth
And watched myself
Come completely

Out flew stories
In coils of pale skin
Fluttering to the ground

The morning I sat
At the top of the world
And watched the sun soar high
Over the Arctic snow
And turn me golder than
I ever thought I could be

The day he held me down
With beard against my neck and
Hand between my legs and
Whispered, into my open mouth
You’ll never be the same again

That New Year’s Eve
We ran through the lightning
With rain between my shoulders
Bats in front of the blue moon
As we sang Elvis
At the top of our lungs

I watched my stories gather
Around my pointed feet
Like rose petals thrown
In celebration

And I thought

This shedding of skin


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There’s a new cycle coming.

For once, I’m more than ready.


bellmusker, serpent, snake, regeneration, solitude, spell, serenity

I love the words that fall between the cracks; where I have to roll my sleeve up, jam my arm down into the darkness, and yank the stories up by their hair.

I write with black coffee, and bare feet.

Both seem to help.

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  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerover 2 years ago

    This took my breath away.

  • Thank you! And for the favouriting too, much appreciated :-)

    – bellmusker

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 2 years ago

    oh my,

    I bit my lip….

    so completely transforming,
    delicious and desirable.

    my darling,
    amazing…I’m going right back to the start to read again.


  • I’m sweeping out so much lately…time to shake out the carpets in my head too, hey babe? x x

    – bellmusker

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 2 years ago

    Oh my! more than ready……..the thought is awesome, do you mean you haven’t been ready for all your previous LOL :-))

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 2 years ago

    Got cut off//// this inking is so rich and slightly bloodcurdling :-))

  • Ooh, rich and bloodcurdling – I can certainly live with that!

    – bellmusker

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 2 years ago

    ahh, the shedding of skin… renewal… my fav time when one can look forward with open anticipation. Hardly hurts at all… loved the way this flowed through to a gentle metamorphosis. Beautiful writing, Bell. xoxoxo

  • How I love the word metamorphosis…thank you, dear Cos x x

    – bellmusker

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveover 2 years ago

    fuck yeah…
    omg I love this, for soo many reasons bell !
    awesome poetry…awesome title…awesome skin origami…love love love…xxx

  • Hehe, don’t think anyone has ever written awesome skin origami on my work before! Thanks so much babe x x

    – bellmusker

  • sandra .
    sandra .over 2 years ago

    Oh goodness, Bell….yes, the realise, the release …the renewal and that ‘it barely hurts, after all’
    Love it!
    Sandra x

  • Thanks, Sandra – always lovely to hear from you x x

    – bellmusker

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 2 years ago

    This is mesmerising Bell, masterful work :)

  • Cheers Matt – and I’ll see you soon!

    – bellmusker

  • aughenbaughsm
    aughenbaughsmover 2 years ago

    *shivers ~ Delightful!! xox

  • Smiling back at you x x

    – bellmusker

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 2 years ago

    oh Bell, this is so good…the bite and the bliss of your unfolding, feels like a new day…one of your best xxx

  • Thanks so much Linda…there was a vulnerability with this one, but maybe that just adds to it? At least I’m going to tell myself that! x x

    – bellmusker

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