Requiem of a Red Hood…

this swatch I hold
this bit of fabric
the color of love and sacrifice
and the testament to the struggle of two souls
in time’s bitter unraveling
she and I were bound
like the threads here
in the construction of this cloth
I, the warp
She, the weft
neither could exist without the other
neither filament could lend its strength
to this tapestry
without the presence of its kindred fiber
yet when I stand here
in the silent reverence of this wood
and listen to the far off songs
of warbler and wood thrush
this singular moment does not exist just for me
though she no longer walks the wooded trail
beside me
I can feel her spirit here
close my eyes
and my ears can hear her breathing
her scent penetrates my canid nose
her heartbeat still pulses on my tongue
as her life runs
hot and wet down my throat
but no amount of baying
at that bright circle in the night sky
can express the pain in my soul
at her loss
the touch of her hand
upon my neck
stolen by the course of my actions
brought to a lonely ending
by my savage nature
and I will live
forever a prisoner of these woods
a verdant penitentiary
a scrap of cloth
my warden

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31 Responses to Requiem of a Red Hood…

  1. Thea says:

    Beautiful, wistful… 🙏

  2. The most beautiful thing I’ve read today❤️❤️❤️

  3. Diana says:

    Enjoyed the ebb and flow of this Eric; every line perfectly expressed!

  4. Patty says:

    Jeeeez, Eric. This is true art. Bravo.

  5. You are an artist, I know not from what wellspring of inspiration you draw as you evoke some of the emotions you place in your words. Like a Maestro plucking a singular heartstring, first one, then another until a chord becomes a symphony. I could sit and read your work over and over. For no matter how many times I read it, you never fail to make me feel something. Thank you for sharing your work.

  6. Kindra M. Austin says:

    Reblogged this on Kindra M. Austin and commented:
    Sir Eric, I am always thrilled when your bring the house down around me. This is freaking epic. ❤

  7. orvillewrong says:

    Wonderfully mysterious!

  8. Eric says:

    Wow! Thank you so mich, AG!

  9. Reblogged this on Brave and Reckless and commented:
    Eric Syrdal/My Sword and Shield

  10. Such heartbreakingly beautiful and textured language

  11. A heart felt piece Eric.. Entwined forever like the threads of the woven cloth, yet ripped apart. A deeply felt poem..

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