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Woman in Red

Updated on June 24, 2013

A Woman in Red

Woman in Red poem

A formidable woman always dressed in red

Hate ran through her

Her victims bled

They lived to have their fates twisted

Even the mighty resisted

What became of her no one knows

Her lovers were thrown to the pits of hell

Until one man came into her life

That man knew her weak spot

Everyone has one you know

Hate and rage fell on deaf ears

Instead a smile and touch was returned

How long could he keep her in that favored cage

Who knows

Remember that twist and turn of supple flesh

Is something that is always fresh

He laps her like sweet cream

Not realizing the hate he hasn’t seen

Some say the shrew is locked away

On yonder beyond the cage

Cries of lust can’t be denied

He has spun her in his web

The shrew no longer dressed in red

Flowers burst at her feet

Even a smile so sweet

Her hands bear marks of his crest

He has even marked her breasts

Such a lovely one in blue

No longer the town shrew

The quill is dropped to the scroll

Wicked lash of her whip slashed the poet’s hands

Blood splattered everywhere

They say she stole the poet’s soul

Again she was dressed in red

When she walked away

She slowly turned to blue

Has he tamed this miserable shrew?

(c) B. A. Williams

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    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Nighthag I had fun writing this one, and visuals are always a goal to show, as you well know and do.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Ah as Shakespeare knew so well it is hard to tame a shrew and one such as this should be left well alone

      I loved this dark poem :)

      So very nicely done and as epigramman says the visuals are stunning

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Epi I needed a smile today and your comment did it for me. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • epigramman profile image


      5 years ago

      I always love when you walk on the dark and kinky side Barb, lol.

      And this awesome piece of writing has a wicked tension to it and the words most definitely exploited the cinematic side in my mind and I thank you most sincerely for that.

      You have a knack for building up the visuals through your narrative poetic story telling - love this one.

      3 big Canadian hugs are being sent your way this morning from C and T and G at lake erie time ontario canada 10:24am

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Audrey and so do you. Its always motivating to read a comment like that.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      You do wicked so well--vivid imagery--so well done!

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks, you might enjoy one of the stories more than the poetry. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

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      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      I've never developed a taste for poetry but this as very vivid. Nice work.

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Sunny glad you seen the picture in your mind.

      Isaac many thanks for reading my work and commenting.

      Thanks to both of you.

    • Isaac White profile image


      5 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      very well described, very well written. good poem.

      I. White

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      Sunny River 

      5 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Very cool poem. Really enjoyed the imagery and the story.


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