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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Unquiet Grave

Novodovichy grave, Moscow

Cupped hands uplifted
make an offering to some god unknown.
A sacrifice to lost promise.

Piercing the tranquility 
of this resting place,
the offering's razor edge.
A shard of broken dream.

Beseeching silently
to take the proferred gift,
the blood red splinter.
A shattered heart.

© Marilyn Brindley

Taking part in ‘The Mag, number 103. This is a haunting ballad by Kate Rusby. 


  1. Very interesting picture - great poem, made me stop and think.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. I really like this - so many vivid images and it really hits you in the gut.

  3. Oh this is good Little Nell - last stanza a work of art!

    Anna :o]

  4. shard of broken dream
    blood red splinter

    Strong images for me.


  5. I think the piercing soundscape adds dimension to the eerie atmosphere you have created here. Thank you for sharing this, Little Nell.

  6. i agree, that last few lines...wonderful..x

  7. This is so deep, and to hear this lovely voice along with it....very sincere...

  8. Yes, the hands are indeed 'unquiet' and the poem certainly captures that with elegance!

  9. A Perfect blend of music prose & image.I am kicking myself! Kate played Hebden Bridge recently & I missed her!

  10. Cut glass poetry - you can feel the sharpness of the edges, just like you should be able to.

  11. This is amazing, there's a certain zing about it and it packs a punch as well. I adore accompanying video's, too. It's always pleasing (and intriguing) to come across fitting music with posts.

  12. You've caught the cut and thrust of broken relationships...

  13. I love the 'splinter' of the ehart.

    So beautiful.

    The Collage Pirate