“Bloody Red,” Quoth Dear Raven

Armless girls seldom trust.

But Raven has telling eyes,
red boots,
and lets me borrow her top hat.

“I trust you forevermore.”

We walked to my hollow tree…
shared the secret it keeps.

“So much death, Drusilla!”

Fear tastes like punch.
“It’s just a veil.”

She saw silk,
and shuddering,
“Bloody red,” quoth dear Raven.

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Flash 55

Note: Ever since I saw the Victorian Steampunk(ish) beauty below, I started wondering about the sort of thing that could go on in her witchy dolly head. Then my friend Emma said, “Another camper for ‘Camp Cute, Creepy and (Quite Conveniently) Remote,’ Magaly!” I agree. I believe Raven and Drusilla would get along famously.

Raven, by Lulu Lancaster

Drusilla, by Little Gothic Horrors

48 comments:

  1. I do believe I may have been grinning wickedly with twinkling eyes, in a rather Wednesday Addams fashion, while reading this! No one does "Bloody red" quite like you and Drusilla, Magaly! ❤ :D <----- Wicked Grin!

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    1. And... Oh my! Raven is such a beauty!! ❤ ❤

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    2. That's really good. Because as I said before, I was giggling the whole time while writing it. I can't wait to see what will happen next at camp...

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  2. This is damn cool, lady!

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  3. I love this.. Those little dark dolls get a new life here.. Though Drusilla pull me into Buffy the vampire slayer.. Cool

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    1. I've never asked Emma, the artist who designed Drusilla, if her dolly was inspired by the Whedon's character. I wonder, wonder, wonder...

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  4. In the darkness strong friendships can blossom.

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    1. Darkness creates very tight bonds. ;-D

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  5. Perfection! Such wonderful words to accompany two deliciously dark dolls :)

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    1. Yay! I'm so happy you like them. ;-) ♥

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  6. I do know a Raven, and she does have red boots.

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    1. It must be a Raven thing! And a Magaly thing, too. I love red... and boots. ;-)

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  7. Girls just wanna have fun!

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  8. Those two do go well together. And that opening line....."Armless girls seldom trust" is a keeper.

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  9. Wow -- what a succinct and telling story. Agree with Yvonne absolutely. There is a great story by Flannery O'Connor - I think about a bible salesman--and a girl with one arm? I have to think about it, but very cool here. k.

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    1. I LOVE "Good Country People". The girl has one leg and the bible salesmen is a scoundrel. Now I must reread it. Flannery O'Connor does such wonderful things with stories.

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  10. I can play with bits and pieces of these images, Magaly. I think it's satire from a world I am not part of since I am not a gamer and not a fan of vampires. But Drusilla is cute and witty, so I'm accepting her on her own terms.

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    1. I'm not a gamer either, Susan. And vampires have never interested me much. But I've always been intrigued by minority group relations, and as a reader told me once, "Drusilla meets so many quotas that she might get an scholarship to heaven."

      I think little Drew would certainly approve of you "accepting her on her own terms." Anything else, just wouldn't do. ;-)

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  11. You had me from the first line.The dark dolls are kinda cute and their story- ab fab.

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    1. There is something about dolls with big eyes and a wicked grin...

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  12. Yes, but is Fear low-cal?

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  13. I love dark eyes and wicked grins myself (as I wickedly grin)...fabulous poem right out of the gate!!

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  14. What an excellent opening line! You have conveyed the atmosphere so well in the allotted words.

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    1. It was a bit tricked. There was so much more they wanted to say to each other. I suspect there will be more to thins...

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  15. Oh, she's lovely!

    Every time you use the name 'Drusilla' my heart skips a beat.

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    1. Your heart might be skipping again pretty soon. ;-D

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  16. yep... that first line. wow.

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  17. Very fine! I cannot help linking thispoem with anotherRaven poem I read today--by Sherry Marr-Wildwoman--did you see it? I love the relationahip between Raven and the women she nurtures, whether bloody red or not. Could we ask for a better companion in lonliness, pain, or even crossing the vale?

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    1. I read it, and was so excited to see Ravens there, too. That I think I forgot to mention it.

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  18. I love the hollow tree and its secret...really wanna know what the secret is! :) Nicely done, Magaly!

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    1. You will know soon... promise.

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  19. Killer first line and … she looks like she can take care of herself without any arms!

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    1. Little Drusilla can take care of herself and a few others. She's quite the riot. ;-)

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  20. Something very vampiric and cemetery-chic about the vibe in this post for sure. I like it, and I'm usually not such a spooky gal hehe ;)

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    1. I think your psyche suspect that Drusilla is hysterically funny. She's not your everyday vampire. Okay, she's not your everyday anything, lol!

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  21. Instant friends! Blood Swear! xo

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  22. Enjoyed this tremendously

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  23. I LOVE this poem!!!!!! Especially "But Raven has telling eyes, red boots and lets me borrow her top hat!" Brilliant writing. Wonderful to read.

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    1. Red boots and willingness to share makes everything better. ♥

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  24. I am smiling ;o) Really loved this ;o)

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