Photo Challenge #194

The image this week is by Jeff Simpson. Thanks Nekneeraj.

The Black Queen
No-one knew when her heart turned,
Her subjects exiled if they didn’t tow the line,
Bitter and twisted, spite ran in her veins,
It was doubtful she’d ever smile again.
Her counsel was a mangy old crow,
Some said she saw it as a son,
It cawed its venom into her ear
Her reign of darkness long since begun.
No mercy she showed to kith or kin
She shut them out and slammed the door
Reason obliterated, she was soon alone
A shadow of the person she was before.
An exodus of allies fled her land,
Some curious, perhaps wanting to know,
But none dared ask on fear of death
Who ruled the roost, Queen or Crow.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Photo Challenge #194

  1. James says:

    In my case they kind of worked together although I settled on a “Raven Queen” since according to Amazon, the “Crow Queen” is already a literary character. The “Raven Queen” merely is a character in Dungeons and Dragons.

    • I didn’t know of either of these characters James and went more on observation from the prompt for my poem.

      • James says:

        Understood. It wasn’t a criticism, just me doing a brain dump on how I tried to understand the image.

      • No problems at all James as I didn’t take it as a criticism. To be honest I was thinking of something totally different when I wrote it purely based on the image. Some of the images put forward for these challenges really push the boundaries of the imagination don’t they. 🙂

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    A story well told in verse! Excellent verse!

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