Reluctant Enigma

She never intended
to become an enigma,
did not do things to
deter or attract attention,
was actually quite shy.

The jade dragon pendant
she wore was not symbolic —
no hidden meaning or
spiritual significance —
it had been her grandmother’s,
who had raised her.

The onyx ring was a gift
from a Mexican orphanage,
the lava lamp a reminder of
a father she had only seen twice,
she bought coconut milk so
she could cook Thai food.

Small oddities that did not
make her odd, but no one
had ever asked or looked past
her Audrey-Hepburn-
Breakfast-at-Tiffanys hair,
and she was quite shy.

She watched the world from
behind her ivy covered fence
and wondered about relationships.
She had never intended
to end up alone.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (Photo credit: ElizaPeyton)

Written for the Trifecta Weekly challenge (Enigma) and the first set of words for Shawna’s Thursday Melt.



Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

11 responses to “Reluctant Enigma

  1. Shawna

    Oh, I love the word “enigma.” I’m so glad you combined these prompts. This girl sounds like she could be very interesting if she wanted to be (and if she weren’t so shy). I love that every detail you provided suggests a whole world of information under the surface. But no one’s asked, and she hasn’t offered. She is her own partner.

  2. That’s lovely. It’s so true that an enigma is built out of that kind of tiny detail, that may be completely ordinary from the other wise. Nice take on the prompt.

  3. This was really good. I liked how a few words of detail told a bigger story.

  4. lenwilliamscarver

    Wow beautiful you pen the list of words weaving them as a tapestry.

  5. Glenn Buttkus

    love the last lines/she never intended/to end up alone; poem is bursting with sweet sadness, and those prompt words just blend like spice in a steak rub; nice job.

  6. Love this. Enigma is a fantastic word, and you have done it mucho justice. 🙂

  7. Very nicely done, I can relate to her in so many ways, you’ve created something very dimensional!

  8. Oh, if only she had embraced her enigma-ness! And so sad that she never got past her shyness. Great job drawing this character – esp. with all the details.

  9. I agree with Anne!! Really a strong character you’ve unveiled and I too, love the word enigma! Great poem, Mark!

  10. The spareness of the words belies the richness of her inner life. This was beautiful.
    Thanks for playing. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the next prompt.

  11. Angela

    Your last two lines give such a feeling exquisite melancholy; they sum up the whole poem and leave you with a very wholesome feeling – in paradox to the words themselves. Great write. 🙂

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