Deirdre

it seems
inevitable. death
like the reddest of rose petals
slowly fading
as sure as the setting
of a raging sun.

longing
for freedom, for an escape
the self-made
miser’s cage. binding
gripping like talons

screaming
contorted lips trying
to break free.

lying helpless
reaching
unseeing crowds flitting
through time
and space. desolation.
fear

rampaging
exorcising the demons
raging in my head.
mercilessly
bleeding. wringing out
the despair in me.

death, yes death
fill me with your love.

(2002 CEGP convention)

**Deirdre de(i)-rd-re, deir-dre as a girl’s name is pronounced DEER-drah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Deirdre is “broken-hearted, sorrowful”. Also possibly “fear” or “raging woman”Mythology: from a Celtic legend similar to “Tristram and Isolde”. The Celtic Deirdre was the most beautiful woman in Ireland. She died of a broken heart. Soap opera actress Deirdre Hall.

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