Down Deep

Shed some light on this today at the dVerse Poets Pub!

O, capricious bomb-dropping

bastard, so full of

surprises —

the kind I can do without.


You shed women

(second nature to you)

like a snake sheds skin

so slick, so dirty, so…damn


I should’ve known better

people and snakes—

down deep—

rarely change.



Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

5 thoughts

  1. The shift in the second stanza to directly talking to the offending person by using the word “you” is quite powerful!
    Glad you posted to the prompt and came into the chat – not too late at all. However, instead of embedding the link to your poem in the prompt’s chat as you did, please click on the Mr Linky, which appears toward the end of the prompt and insert your direct link there. You’ll notice in all the folks who were in the chat, there’s no links to poems. It’s just for chatting at the pub. Many folks don’t chat and rather only put their link in Mr Linky, knowing this is where people go to read the poems. You’ll have many more readers by using Mr Linky.

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