Sunday, May 5, 2019

Scarlet Gaslight

The Dystopian Tarot, The Lovers
Kerry O'Connor

Go ahead, tempt me.
I like to cross the scarlet line
apple stained with reasons
I shouldn’t dance with the devil.

Really? He was the snake
 who told me a tree was a gaslight
to fool me a book of ribs
wasn't already being planned
to write me into submission.

 ©Susie Clevenger 2019

Here is the link to Kerry O'Conner's Beautiful Art


  1. Alas the world was against her already from the start (as written by a man)

  2. they were both tempted, she by the serpent, Adam by Eve... and a woman will redeem them - (Mary, a woman, whom the serpent was afraid of). Seems tables did turn...

    But I like your take on it too - your words are always well thought out. the last two of the first stanza are all kinds of awesome!

  3. ‘Scarlet Gaslight’ is such an apt title, Susie, and I love the lines:
    ‘I like to cross the scarlet line
    apple stained with reasons’.

  4. This is absolutely fantastic, Susie! I loved every word!!❤️

  5. Ah, that scarlet line is ever so tempting.. Such an amazing response - I love how you handled the tone throughout the poem. Thanks, Susie.