Beyond the Tending Hand


Greenish limbs shove a thick tube past her teeth.
Viscous fluid gushes in
too fast, too plentiful, too hot
for the tongue, for the throat, for the stomach;
it scalds.

She has mouth, lungs, brain, guts and she can scream, scream, scream…
The screams gurgle around the feeding tube,
making her ears pop.

The Tending Hand doesn’t know how to listen.
Maybe another will hear me.
She readies a new scream, a justice seeking howl.
Bending her bruised neck,
she glances beyond the Tending Hand.

The sight strangles her will:
legs amputated above the knee,
arms skinned to the triceps,
bloody stumps in a golden boot,
severed hands in a white glove,
optic nerves erecting an eyeball bouquet in a glass vase.  

She shuts her eyes
tight,

and the Tending Hand prunes and trims her pretty.

54 comments:

  1. Not all care is what we really need...sometimes we don't need. just need to be left alone. and think or suffer. but ourselves.
    nice poem, by what I mean that it is written so well, it can be understood in many ways.

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    1. Isn't wonderful how we can see/feel/hear so many different things in the same words? I like... ;-)

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  2. I totally agree with Hindustanka - each reading brings a new scenario. Violation wears many costumes. And, alone isn't always lonely.

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    1. It does... and some of us work really hard at ignoring what's right in front of us.

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  3. Ack!!! How scary and horrifyingly real! Yikes.....got me good you did!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. "horrifyingly real!" is welcomed in this occasion ;-)

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  4. This is deliciously scary, and Just so "Magaly" I love it!!!

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    1. You've made me chuckle. I guess it is very "Magaly" lol

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    1. Caress one of your trees, it will make you feel better ;-)

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  6. Wow, you have been in a place with these dark plant thingies. Wiggy. Keep em coming! ~Dragon

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    1. That's what happen when a vegan friend rants about how bad eating meat is. My brain can only take so much lol

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    2. Ha! Is that what the inspiration for this was? Because I can totally see how that would come about. This is awesomely disturbing. I honestly never thought about plants or plant-related activities being creepy, but you've opened my eyes to a whole new realm of weird... Now I'm gonna be looking at that honeysuckle outside the backdoor all crosswise! lol

      -Fox

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    3. You obviously haven't seen my Grim Daisies (http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/search/label/Grim%20Daisy). They will make those honeysuckles look like children wearing monster masks made out of paper lol

      Yeah, I have some very "inspiring" people in my life... ;-D

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    4. And now I have lines from Alice in Wonderland running through my head. That's gonna be stuck in there all day now...

      Love the Grim Daisies. I wonder what they'd make of your Vegan friend...? *crooked grin*

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    5. I think the Fanged Daisy would have all kinds of fun with a vegan ;-)

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  7. 'Terra-forming' springs to mind.

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    1. It does indeed, and it's a bit awful... and scary.

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    2. It is. Have you watched 'Defiance'? The landscape is terra-formed by alien invaders. Fairly well done, but has left me wondering how fault lines would play into terra-forming....I just can't be satisfied with endings provided...I need background/context!

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    3. I haven't watched Defiance, but I just read a bit about it and can't wait to watch an episode (or all of them). I watch little TV, so it might take me a while to catch up, but I will and let you know...

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  8. You are such a good writer for I just love your flair!!!

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  9. This is one of those things that you can't stop reading although it has a disturbing nightmarish quality. You could n't stop even if you wanted too!

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    1. I understand morbid fascination. It happens to me all the time. I tell myself, "Look away, look away!" But I don't. I never can.

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    1. "De-frigh-ful" What a delicious dance of words.

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  11. Love it! Can you imagine a vase full of eyeballs.....? Everywhere you go, they follow you......./shudder.

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    1. Looking and accusing... "shudder" indeed.

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  12. MAGALY! What a wonderful writer you are. I was really jolted when I realized what I was reading about! Hahahahaha! Love your poetry, it is accessible but dark and misty!

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    1. "dark and misty!" I like that. It makes me think of shiny shadows ;-)

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  13. Dark, scary, shivering! But, excellent!!! Well written my friend ;o)

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    1. "Dark, scary, shivering!" That sounds like the title of something I would want to read ;-)

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  14. Oh honey, what a horrible reality that would be. Helpless despair. It makes my heart bleed. You can make me feel so much with your words. Mina

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    1. I think one of the reasons why I'm always doing something is because the opposite is terrifying. Glad the words touch you, I'll write some to make you glow soon ;-)

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  15. OH good grief!!! How am I supposed to trim the bushes in the garden now!!! or deadhead the flowers!!!
    Your words hold such power! :D XXX

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    1. I always thought the phrase "deadhead the flowers" sounded quite creepy. Maybe this is why...

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  16. This is a very frightening portrayal of nightmare quality.

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    1. I've always wonder if what some of us do to green things is nightmarish to them... Let's hope not.

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  17. I can feel her helplessness and frustration....the eyeball bouquet is remarkable! This poem reminds me of my mother's worst nightmare to be hooked up to machines and, at the end, how she awoke to just that reality, and the look of horror on her face.

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    1. "helplessness and frustration" indeed. Just thinking about this makes me a bit sick.

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    2. I'm so sorry for your mom. I hope she's free... ♥

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  18. To be helpless in a way like this is really scary.. the thought of being at the mercy to others.. and with that drawing at the end it becomes unsettling...

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    1. "the thought of being at the mercy" of someone who can't understand our needs. Terrifying and then some.

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  19. Whole new take on 'Glass Eyes', eh?!

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    1. ...especially if they can see you.

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  20. I quite like this. Lots. The imagery is very... *had to think of the right word, did you notice the two minute pause?* gruesome. But in a good way, if you can imagine gruesome as a compliment. The way a horror story has beauty, or a kind of theater in its shape. No,I've read this three times. I like it more each time.

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