Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snippets of the Truth

The Peabody sisters had a knack for story-telling
a charm in whispering words that crush the human spirit
scatter ashen children with shards of gore and horror
droning on about dark urges roiling from the depths of hell
virgin maidens whose lips scald all who come too near
chasing sanity with magic spells a basic instinct --
for their stories told were but snippets of the truth.

@laurie kolp

Prompt inspiration: The Sunday Whirl (ashen, knack, scald, sisters, crush, instinct, story, scatter, urges, shards, charm, whispering)

Also linked to IGWRT's Open Link Monday... anyone's welcome!

33 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Snippets of the truth might weave a lie, as the curse a spell upon some guy..haha..fun verse

Brian Miller said...

that is what makes them the most dangerous...snippets of truth to cement them in our lives...i like me story tellers...

Barb said...

The Peabody Sisters scare me.

Mama Zen said...

This is so cool! Those snippets are what make the tales so chillingly believable.

Eva Gallant said...

what a great outcome of the use of those words!

James said...

This is so witchy... Those Peabody sisters are pretty scary

Mary said...

This made me laugh (I know it is gory and shouldn't inspire laughter..sorry)as I just finished writing MY wordle and I'm thinking about the difference between your 'sisters' and mine! I will agree that these Peabody sisters ARE scary though.

vivinfrance said...

I'm glad I haven't met the Peabody sisters (though my own sister comes a close second for telling me scary stuff when I was little). Great wordling!

brenda w said...

I'd love to share a campfire with the Peabody sisters, and hope that I would survive the experience. Creepy, and surreal, those stories. Excellent wordle, Laurie!

Daydreamertoo said...

Gossip can destroy people's lives the moment it leaves a persons lips, and so hateful, especially if it isn't true. Dangerous people.
Wonderful write.

Grace said...

snippets of the truth...nice ending and probably said everything to know about the sisters ~

flaubert said...

The Peabody sisters are a bit scary, Laurie. Well done with a spooky edge to it.

Pamela

barbara said...

Good going. Creepy old gals, lord love 'em.

Marianne said...

You certainly had fun with the words this week, Laurie! Were the Peabody sisters real, or from your imagination? Whatever, they seem very real in your poem! Nicely done!

Denise Moncrief said...

Stories that are snippets of the truth are sometimes the most horrible of all. Great use of the words.

irene said...

Everybody knows the Peabody sisters.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You really are unsurpassed when it comes to the Sunday swirl. This is utterly brilliant - a snippet of a longer, older tale.

Marian said...

yikes! my Peabody sister was my cousin.

Elizabeth said...

I think we have all met some vesion of The Sisters, somewhere. You made them come alive. Thanks for stopping by,

Elizabeth

cosmos cami said...

Oh I just loved this. What an great opening line!

Abin Chakraborty said...

dark, grim, edgy...perfect combo Laurie!

Fireblossom said...

Wicked snippets!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I think I knew those sisters, lurking behind their living room curtains, when I was young. They reported on me to my grandma, and then I'd get a lecture. I love the "snippets of the truth".

Mary Ann Potter said...

This caught me with the very first line. Those Peabody sisters sound like characters from an Alice Hoffman novel. Wonderful!

Cathy said...

Good and creepy too. Love the flow of it.

Susannah said...

Nicely told Laurie! A chilling and effective use of the wordle words. :-)

Margaret said...

The Peabody sisters whispering their horror stories - at first one thinks its a lovely story... ha . love this thought.

Pseu said...

'maidens whose lips scald all who come' - interesting use of scald, where scold is usual...

nice wordle :)

Lady In Read said...

the Peabody sisters sound scary! loved your entry..

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes...snippets of the truth.

Nice, Laurie!

:) Paula
http://whenwordsescape.wordpress.com

(blogger wasn't accepting my wordpress comment)

teri said...

You fit the word knack in right off the bat... good for you! I know I am delayed with checking in on your wordle... and tomorrow a new one will be out- Alas... my life as a blogger and writer gets all out of shape- THANKS for stopping by my blog- I admire your writing and blogs very much.xo

Mr. Walker said...

Laurie, scary sisters, indeed. I really like the image of the "virgin maidens whose lips scald" - that is scary; I like the juxtaposition.

Richard

imnotaverse said...

Too scary for me!