Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Aftermath" by Sierra July

"Pendant" Watercolor on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon

A pendant hung from her neck
Matching the color of his eyes
When the fire in those eyes blew out
Clutching the pendant left her hand cold
And looking at it left her empty
Like she, the faux eye lacked emotion

--Sierra July

Poet's Notes:  This poem was inspired by Violet Evergarden, an anime about the importance of expressing your emotions to the ones you love. The plot seems simple, but as a writer, it speaks to me on a personal level, as I think it would to my fellow poets and readers. Another theme the show touches on is that flowery words can be beautiful, but sometimes simple words are best, and I wanted to convey that message in this poem while paying homage to the character's emotions, or lack thereof, after losing someone to war.

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