The Deeming


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 The Deeming

Gwendolyn deemed it gone

the sapphire ring

the precious

blue-eyed prize  —  for good!

Self-condemnation:

Its niggling presence

its jagged, scarred, nagging

self-appointed finger!

Gwen,

nothing left she deemed — nothing

nothing but loss — void!

Shorn equanimity

crushed esteem

Shot command

Shattered 

Beast of her own burden

Marionette of her strings

Seized 

Yanked by her own hand 

Words no solace

shame no mercy

sleep no escape

Then:  Oh,

Oh!  cried Gwendolyn,

Ohhh…!

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