Tuesday, 5 March 2013


“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” Malcolm X

This week, Magpie Tales has selected a photo by the FoxandTheRaven as a springboard from which to launch our creative efforts. All I shall say about my offering is: ὁ νοῶν νοείτω

This Magdalene

This Magdalene
Brings no myrrh,
To shed over your feet,
No sweet-smelling balm
To anoint you.

This Magdalene
Brings rancour,
Bile and poison
That she spits out
With every accusation uttered.

This Magdalene
Will not loosen her hair
To wipe your feet,
She will not shed
A single tear for you.

This Magdalene
Brings you
Bitter malice,
As she demands her dues
From miscarried justice.

This Magdalene,
Croons no sweet word,
She’ll not relax you
With her music,
Nor her honeyed voice.

This Magdalene
Transforms herself
Into a raging Fury,
Ready to drain your blood
Until her loss of innocence
Is acknowledged,
And the crimes committed
Are punished…


  1. Bleakly ominous - well done.

  2. Superb! It describes my ex mother-in-law to perfection in places, but detaching that, it's a pretty deep and eerie enjoyable read.