Writing Prompt July 17th: Arcana in the Tower

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Image: Tom Scholes

The Tower is commonly interpreted as meaning danger, crisis, destruction, and liberation.

This is a card of warning and possibility – create something new from something that ends in the will and limits of time alone. A change that must be, but should be for the good, with our power.

 

 

Everyone said you were nice

A good family

Right and proper

Always attending every occasion

Where one should be seen and noticed.

I was naïve amid smiles and curtsies

Appearances grand and proper

To know reality was all

Sticks and stones and broken bones.

Societies role models

Living atop your tower

Your castle on the hill

Where evil bred and festered

Like rats upon a dung heap.

You were the shylock of my fears

Nothing was for nothing

You made that so clear

You extracted every pound of flesh

As painfully as you could

But always with a smile

Always ‘well intentioned’

And always to your advantage.

You found a patsy, a stupid vassal

Whom you nurtured in that role.

Crush and ruin was your mantra

Leaving me shredded staring down

From a top the life you treasured so.

Escape seemed easy

Just a step, then a jump

To take away the pain.

But that pleasure I’ll never afford you

I walked away, head up high,

Pretense I would do no more.

 

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/writing-prompt-july-17th-arcana-in-the-tower/

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6 Responses to Writing Prompt July 17th: Arcana in the Tower

  1. Evil often presents a pleasant face to hide the burning heart. To walk away with head held high is the route to freedom. Well done.

  2. Shadeau says:

    Fabulous poem–glad you could walk away whole and strong. Pretense takes a LOT of Energy.

  3. wildchild47 says:

    I love how you’ve used and interpreted this card Michael 🙂

    You were the shylock of my fears
    Nothing was for nothing
    You made that so clear
    You extracted every pound of flesh
    As painfully as you could
    But always with a smile
    Always ‘well intentioned’
    And always to your advantage.

    This portion of this poem is so striking and great use of the word shylock – and the meanings and metaphors etc. that can be pulled from it – really wonderful way to have conveyed this story, the message!

  4. Oloriel says:

    This is a haunting write, because it depicts something we see way too often: predators, evil people, abusers, seeming like the kindest of all, making our ills unbelievable to ones who do not witness them themselves.
    I do like the ending of your poem, I like that it beckons the reader who might direly need it to walk away, head up high, into a more fruitful situation; it calls the reader to look upon themselves and focus on themselves and seek happiness.

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