"Femme Fatale"

"Femme Fatale"

A Poem by Jane

She rises as a boy

And falls - a woman 

She serves as a sister 

Dies as a w***e 

She has never known a mother’s 

tenderness, so she carries another touch 

In her eyes

A longing for love, a longer - imploring 

Deploring the earth for 

Had she not the ripening 

Of Eve, She’d have been a Lector 

Or a Napoleon. 

Home cats are fed, wedded and cheated on 

Alley cats are bedded and spitted on 

What’s the point, the Misses are all 


It’s all the same. 

So the kitten learns to bite 

And sprint as a tigress

Turns her gentleness

Into a knife. 

Wakes up by the side 

of dead lovers, with the word “temptress”

Written in their blood

And smiles across their smug 

Satisfied faces. 

She is Miss Shame, Miss Misbehave

Miss not- a- game

A prey missing, a slave by day -

The night’s empress. 

© 2019 Jane

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tragedy for all when an innocent is warped by misguided non-nurturing parents and/or parent figures :( your heroine give it a valiant try it seems but the gall of anger finally turns outward .. and "...Misbehave(s)" ... i think society looses as a whole ... a tragedy for sure ... your story telling gripped and held me .. i found the cadence natural and easy ... and i always love free verse!

Posted 5 Years Ago

Interesting write. What a temptress and how cruel is she. Some sharp imagery of those dead lovers. Man eater comes to mind, she certainly doesn't like them.From kitten to tigress. That is one huge shift. I enjoyed the read.


Posted 5 Years Ago

Loved the imagery and wordplay! She not only seduces but hypnotizes. She makes men fall to their knees at her feet. However, her only purpose is to destroy them. I am reminded of this quote;

‘For me, love means struggle, great lies, and a couple of slaps in the face’ – Edith Piaf

Great share my friend...:-)

Posted 5 Years Ago

The wild get wilder.
But survival is full time in this cruel world we live in.
Pity the poor guy who upsets her.
Is there a soft side to her.

Posted 5 Years Ago


5 Years Ago

the tombstone will label her
the witch
history overturns
the story is written<.. read more
Paul Bell

5 Years Ago

Think I took her out once.

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4 Reviews
Added on March 3, 2019
Last Updated on March 8, 2019
Tags: poem, femme fatale, criticism, archetype, feminist, modernity, gender



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