Dominion

Dominion

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers

Dominion

 

 

 

He was jealous

of rain that fell upon her


of night when she slept 
for the time it had taken her

away from him.

 

Jealous

of shadow and light,

how intrusively they played upon

a monopoly of skin
sequestering the inventory

of a stare. 


And he was jealous

of other men before him

 

of the prefix of syllables

lying in wait upon her tongue,

 

coveting her every word

like the dominion of a priest

to a confession.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2019 Kelly Scheppers


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Every word Kelly smoulders with emotional abandonment and portrays the insecurities and fears of a man with a poor self image. Anger transports its self onto the woman who has done nothing to fuel his rage.
Wonderful imagery.
Will

Posted 1 Week Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

Here I clearly see the control freak, the manipulator, the truly sad individual whose suffers his humanity and wants everyone else to do the same . . . this hits close to home in several ways. Thanks for posting.
A tough poem done with sensitivity and not rage.
Tom

Posted 1 Week Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

“Scary biscuits!”-as our old friend Lorry would say dear Kelly. Dark and dramatic offering filled with dread for the victim of such a jealous lover. Your photo, perfect title and web of eloquent, passionate words speak of intimidation and submission, obsession and ownership, punishment and penance...when the fine line of adoration is crossed in a “monopoly of skin”. You masterfully describe the spider as it stalks its prey, keeping it entangled, overwhelmed, ‘owned’. This is an important poem that speaks to seduction versus sacrilege. It is a warning well taken , my friend. Kudos!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

KELLY🍁
Your power of conjecture is sheer brilliance, and this piece proves it -- among hundreds of your others I've experienced the pleasure of over the years.
Free Verse has become your grafted/blended living being, it's that much a part of your essence, and it simply breathes out of your uniquely creative and inventive consciousness in metaphor and imagery, rolling onto the page … leaving us in awe every time.
I mean, "Who else writes,
"And, he was jealous
of other men before him,
of the prefix of syllables
lying in wait upon her tongue,
coveting her every word..."?

Sighhh! ⁓ Richard 🍃

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

I could almost feel the obsession that he possesses for her! Seemed like he is at the point where he cannot appreciate her for who she is, or why he fell for her in the first place. I've always felt these thoughts and emotions are like the dark side from Star Wars: they keep pecking at you and once you listen to their sleazy whispering you're lost in their midst.

I loved this :
"Jealous

of shadow and light,

how intrusively they played upon

a monopoly of skin
sequestering the inventory

of a stare."

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

Love can be wicked but jealousy can destroy. Some nice word play here 😊

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

Very well played
with the words and
so true

Because jealousy falls away from love
and turns the object of their love into the
a possession not I love you but I want to
control and posses you because I'm jealous
of others and anything touching you.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

Guest

49 Years Ago

This is beautiful & creepy at the same time, an intensely-conveyed combo! Love it! Jealousy is so destructive & you've shown how insidious it can be. I love your choice of simple elemental things in life, like rain, as objects of this curse. Here's wishing you & your loved ones a Happy Easter! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

This is a lovely poem Kelly. It's very classy how you have managed to convey how the bitter fruit of jealousy can eat away at relationships. What was a close relationship is turned to dust by the canker of suspicion and paranoia.
It is a sign of good writing when you can achieve this in so few words.
All the best,
Alan

Posted 1 Month Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago

Is it bizarre that I find this very seductive and slinky....I almost feel like your walking away from him in that sexy black dress and gloves....take off piece by piece and letting them fall to the floor .. your hips swaying and your seduction capturing his every once of being...Never turning around, just knowing that he is following you...He doesn't need to know you...he just needs to have you...all of you.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Guest

49 Years Ago


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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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