Beauty and Innocence

For Kerry’s artistic impressions prompt over at Real Toads. A 55 word poem.

Beauty and Innocence

“She looks like a sweet little lamb from afar, but when you get close, you find out she skinned and ate the damn thing just to use it as a coat. She’s a beast.” – J.J. McAvoy, Ruthless People

Strange beings walk the forest at night.
death in their hands,
evil at their back.
death looks beautiful
but it ensares you
in its grasp.
You walk with innocence
until the snake wraps around you
and the maiden draws the knife
slowly across your unwitting throat.

Eli Edward Evangelidis (2018)
Used with Permission

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brendan
    Jun 01, 2019 @ 18:30:25

    One meets the strangest creatures at night. … you made me go back to the picture and take a look at how dragon and woman were joined. They’re very close.


  2. sanaarizvi
    Jun 01, 2019 @ 20:55:45

    This is incredibly potent. I too am struck by the intricate details of this poem especially the proximity at which the maiden and snake are joined… makes me wonder if darkness and evil have the power of persuasion.


  3. Magaly Guerrero
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 00:20:16

    Exteriors can be so deceiving, blinding even… So much so, that at times, we only see the blade after it’s too deep to make a difference.

    She’s a scary little beast, indeed.


  4. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 01:25:24

    The quote is awesome and I love “death in their hands,
    evil at their back.” Sums up the image SO well.


  5. Kerry
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 03:28:44

    Both the quote you chose and the poem itself are the perfect accompaniment to the illustration. You nailed it.


  6. kim881
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 04:27:27

    The quote you used and the outcome of your poem remind me of Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood, Toni. Here’s a link:


  7. Charmed Chaos
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 12:34:08

    Fantastic Toni!


  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 15:11:34

    I love this… we saw the same thing in the picture, but your outcome was different… the quote is just fantastic, reminds me how my mother told me about the bunnies they had when she was a little girl… they were turned into coats.


  9. purplepeninportland
    Jun 02, 2019 @ 19:45:45

    What lurks in the forest at night! Wonderful, Toni!


  10. Susie Clevenger
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 16:00:05

    Scary dark, but full of unfortunate truth.


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