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Wilhelmina looks sick in the light

Wilhelmina smokes cigarettes at a bus stop
between dope-dried ex-beauty queen in pajamas
and secret agent student of chemistry shifty behind his newspaper

Wilhelmina hides in Harlem, behind wet glass
watching red water suck down into sidewalk drains

She has these invisible heirloom knives
slippery when wet
that whisper right through all metal detectors
A sure winner with the jury

Wilhelmina clucks down the echoey hallway in hurried heels
late like white rabbit
like either one of the hepburns
clumsy in her grace

The door opens to racks and chains and crosses
to another he's no dracula but he'll do,
he'll do,
she's seen him several times and he is rarely kind
except in the clean way he jerks the leash and the way he
lets flutter a few twenties when it's over

Wilhelmina clenches her teeth to keep from crooning wordless while he strokes her hair
while his thumbs press her throat, her skin to unbuckle

He smokes at her, takes away her dress
He puts her kneeling
He makes her press her lips - like you mean it, slut - to the top of his foot
hits her shoulders with a whip heavy as history
He makes her
choose to submit but she scowls at herself when he cannot see her face

Mouth broken open /  datum sorting to stay awake
last orgasm logged one month and one day ago in sterile cold hospice bed
it had had teeth like a tsunami, had come unannounced and unwelcome to terror-quake her out of mad mad dreams
of what? of what?

From behind he hauls her up by dog chain, hands bound at her back,
shoulder blades wedged into his thighs.
She reminds him, he says, of Kipling's whole universe,

Wilhelmina bathes in a soup pot
until her skin drops off the bone for him
Wilhelmina keeps her eyes on the floor
to avoid accidental contact with her own reflection
while she is not at all thinking of you.

Wilhelmina might have been purring
somewhere below the whip roar of flagellation

She might have tumbled voluntary and with frightful zest
back down gopher hole of electric concentric rings
but for barely mended ankles and
post-orgasmic stress disorder

in a state of ecstasy not remotely sexual in origin
the patient was found hyperventilating
was found broadcast in a compromising state
radiant with post fuck shudders
clutching skull and babbling tearful how beautiful how beautiful
the beauty


Wilhelmina is bored of hacking scar tissue

Wilhelmina hurts

Wilhelmina is perilous pent-up quivering after he goes
safely clothed, watching her cigarettes tremble in the glass
making eyebrows at herself
refusing petulantly to fall
in line with the baser instincts
of a sick sick fucking sick pet monkey

Wilhelmina shudders in the rain,
a hand pressed over her mouth
from midtown to chinatown

Wilhelmina smokes long distance at the bus stop
between scour voiced pajama woman
asking always for a light
post-ward dungeon thriller.
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Given 2012-12-31
bella's palsy by ~entropicalia is an honest, nonjudgmental look at life. May be triggering for some readers. ( Featured by neurotype )
:iconirishgirl217:
irishgirl217 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
this is beautiful
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:iconjade-pandora:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
:worship: Hello! This wonderful piece of yours has been featured here: [link]
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Doodelay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
I almost clicked off of this in mid sentence 3 times, each one before the 4th line break but I'll be damned.

That was SERIOUSLY worth sticking around for, I read it in kind of a country accent because the name sounds country to me.

Man, that was just delicious :p
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you!
i went by 'mina' in the dungeon, which comes from bram stoker's character wilhelmina. i do appreciate you sticking around.
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saints-fan-12 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have no words to express whatever feelings i have. It's haunting,but lovely.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you kindly.
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saints-fan-12 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome
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:iconjade-pandora:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
fffffffuuuuu.... :faint:
:+fav:
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thanks!
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:iconjade-pandora:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Looking back on this, I'm sorry I wasn't able to express myself more, but reading the piece again just now, I'm still speechless. When I read something like this, I feel I'm still a novice of ten years before - that anything I've ever written is nothing compared. :heart:
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castrusdrake1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
i dont understand this, but i belive that its my fault and not yours, i think its amazing without knowing why
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
it's an account of my time in a new york city dungeon. i'm glad you enjoyed it.
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:iconanalillithbar:
analillithbar Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you!
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:iconanalillithbar:
analillithbar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stay inspired. :iconhiskitty:
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dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know it's supposed to be some sign of genius-something-rather when someone decides not to use any grammar or punctuation; I was just wondering why you decided to use one or two periods & commas since the rest got tossed out.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
i write like it sounds in my head.
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:iconpyrianassassin:
PyrianAssassin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD SO GOOD
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you!
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:iconimagineapplescruffs:
ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing... I have no words except what *Windthin said in the second paragraph. There is no possible way I can top that. :D

:peace:

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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you very much!
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:iconimagineapplescruffs:
ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :) Keep writing!

:peace:
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I had a teacher one, brought in to teach a class on writing poetry because he was a poet. The class by and large despised him; he was pretentious and quarrelsome and unpredictable. I was not too fond of him myself; my best efforts he would often hate, my attempts to annoy him he'd love, and sometimes he'd find odd things in my work I didn't see myself, hold it up in a way I didn't mean for it to be... and I realized that's what poetry is.

I did learn from him, however much he drove me mad at times. He had a catchword, a watchword: specificity. This poem, it fits the bill, and well. You show us images with your words, with the very specific adjectives and nouns and places and all. I love this.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
what a tremendous compliment. thank you.
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:iconimagineapplescruffs:
ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't have said it better myself. :) That must've have been some teacher too. :) :peace:
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:iconwindthin:
Windthin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, he was. I remember that we got a hold of some of his work and weren't impressed by it, yet I took away a definite lesson.
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:iconimagineapplescruffs:
ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) That's good. :)

:peace:
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Fedora-JML Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I just...
This is so good.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
many many thanks.
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :heart:
Have a nice day and Happy New Year! :holly:
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you kindly.
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like how the repetition of her name desensitizes us to her; she comes across rather as a case than a person.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
i like that observation. and i agree.
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:iconlinitha:
Linitha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have not been moved so thoroughly by words for a long time.

You deserve evry ounce of this award. I hope to see more of your work.
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entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
much appreciated. comments like these make me want to write more.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. There's no judgment about her choices, just an honest presentation of what she's doing and where it takes her. Does she have to change/does she want to change? I'm not totally sure, but in the meantime I'll just enjoy rereading this.
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thanks for this. it's autobiographical--to be honest, i wasn't sure either.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconbrassteeth:
brassteeth Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Achingly good. Such wonderful empathy. I love this.
Congratulations on your D.D!
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
thank you!
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usefulidiot284 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I had forgotten what it felt like to read your work for the first time, and I wish that I had a tenth of your talent. I mean that, sincerely. :neom:
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:iconentropicalia:
entropicalia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
the way you appreciate my work means so much to me.
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