Pain and Potions

Amateur alchemist lack the acumen
required for the potion I desire.
I seek one skilled in the craft,
who knows how to gauge the
proper ratio of oil, acid, juices,
sprinkled powders and spells
required to erase my memories.
Remove that image of the
supple curve of her tender skin,
hide from me thrill of her smile,
the ever-present joy of her presence.
Sweep away all knowledge of
life after the first whiff of her fragrance,
kill the pain of every day
lived since she left.






Written for The Sunday Whirl wordle.


Filed under Poetry

12 responses to “Pain and Potions

  1. An alchemist to erase her memory. Nice one, Mark.


  2. Laurie Kolp

    Enjoyed this, Mark… it would be nice to be able to do that.

  3. What a tragedy. Well wordled.

  4. I like the idea of an alchemist to remodulate our memories.

  5. Ouch…love unrequited, ended and never forgotten. Time lessens, but doesn’t always heal. Strong exploration, Mark.

  6. I envision a tryst that shouldn’t have been. A nobleman with one of the Kings mistresses perhaps? Oh, the cost of such a potion, only a nobleman could afford that I’m sure. Delightful.

  7. The alchemy of grief! Nicely done Mark.

  8. Janet

    We had the same idea…you did yours much better, I must say! wonderful angst;)

  9. Well done, Mark. The words were placed so seamlessly together.

  10. Shawna

    This is so good; love this line especially: “proper ratio of oil, acid, juices”

  11. Mark, such a good story you weave with those wordle words. The opening with the “amateur alchemist” was strong, needing someone who really knew their craft.


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