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Dear Lady

Dear Lady,

I regret to inform you I can no longer take the pain.
I can no longer bear the secrets I’ve kept so long in shame,
pretending to deny their existence, to deny their growing strain.
Best be cautious, love.
Your ways are gaining fame.

So bend your lovely lobes this way, my dear
I confess it now for all to hear:
There was a little bat who hissed into my ear,
Preaching of a gentle lady she did claim
Who spet poison, who spet bile meant to stain
With every whisper of my name;
Of my shoddy word-smithing and my deranged gait
Of my countenance, of my forthright demeanor,
Apparently worthy of her hate.
All the while, she’d smile when I was nigh.
Her eyes wide to beguile, her tongue polished to shine
I too saw her charms and therefore was blind
A self-crafted sophist so perfectly refined
Each falsehood a fact, and each truth a lie
Yet as I depart she doth of me deride.
And I know not from whence this hatred came.
Or what had she to gain.
Jealousy, to ruin me, or boost her self-esteem
Only that it rips me in twain.

Wary I grew of your charades
As desperately I tried to watch you fade
To tell my soul you sought to maim
That I myself was not to blame
Alas, my efforts! always in vain.
So to you, dear lady, now I say:
Good bye, forever more.
I will no longer be the rug at your door
the willing target of your scorn.
No more shall I feed your crooked ways.
So to your knees, dear lady, and prey:
May you never be the victim of your own game.

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Alicia Evans is a tenacious writer/artist from Detroit, MI. She spends her time confused about why the sky is falling and how to hold it up. When she’s not not doing that, she likes to eat strawberry flavored dairy products and create all kinds of cool stuff.

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  • lilynoelle
    lilynoelleabout 2 years ago

    I really love the way this was written, Lish. It has an old Victorian feel to it. Having spoken to you recently I also know what it’s about. These ladies and their bat friends who whisper into THEIR ears just as much as into anyone else’s! And manipulate and tease and cause friendships to be ruined. I think this poem does a good job of describing that feeling, of having been listening to someone dark who is out to bend good reputations on both sides.

  • Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. I’ve had a very busy couple of days, and this is the first chance I’ve had. Thank you for the compliments! I was surprised you could relate to this, even sorry, but I’m glad I wrote it well enough that you could. :) I wrote this before we spoke, and it was written from a very different state of mind. I wrote what I felt after having had a lot of time to ruminate over it. What an interesting thing it is about gossips; that they rarely discriminate! I’m just glad to be past that chapter in my life, as I’m sure you are. Now, hopefully, I can discover some new, POSITIVE (lol ;p) inspiration from here! :)

    – DeeLishess

  • And thank you for the favorite! :)

    – DeeLishess

  • lilynoelle
    lilynoelleabout 2 years ago

    Indeed! It’s a beautifully written poem. You should be updating more often. ;) I’m on the search for inspiration myself ~ good luck in finding yours! That Muse is out there, waiting and watching.

    And YES to the positive aspect! I’m really, really hoping for a positive new year. Here’s hoping.


  • Cheers :)

    – DeeLishess

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