slim of frame,

shorn of hair,

curlicues only in her doodles

speared  on impatient earth,

shocked red dust

flying as she made

her marks.

metal plates rustling

skirts hers

as she helped her horse

surge onto new fields,

her domains spreading-

she in communion with her?

until the doctor was applied

to scrape, chip at her essence;

joan was stripped away,

letter by painful letter.

there was no groan

as she fell away:

even the leaves were

silent to the n;

only her armor-plates wept.joan

P.S: Linked to Trifecta Writing Challenge (

Also linking as a real toad to the Imaginary Garden 🙂 (


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25 Responses to joan

  1. tedstrutz says:

    pretty good for a ‘wannabe’ poet… curlicues only in her doodles… a nice touch. Lots going on…

  2. straight away I knew of whom you wrote, the Title Joan did not say it for me but shorn of hair and metal plates rustling, I enjoyed reading your piece for the challenge.

  3. Judy Roney says:

    Poor Joan. I like your take on Joan and how she was chipped away (even her essence).

  4. Draug419 says:

    Great piece! I enjoyed it a lot (:

  5. Margaret says:

    Mark Twain considered his novel of Joan to be his best writing…

  6. deanabo says:

    You did a great job at writing her emotions.

  7. jannatwrites says:

    I like the flow of your poem and how you used the prompt word. There were so many great phrases in this one!

  8. surging, chipping, falling away into silence. you captured her essence well.

  9. rashmenon says:

    🙂 Thank you, Kymm

  10. Bee says:

    Awesome writing! I especially love line 3.

  11. barbara says:

    beautifully written!

  12. atrm61 says:

    Amazing lines-loved it!

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