Basic Instinct

Spoiled in the sun
Every yen and fancy
Came her way

Spurned as a child
He, silenced by all
Aging fruit sweetens in decay

Bears to the beehive
Moths to a flame
A spoiler to decelerate—
Avoid the crash!





dVerse prompt for quadrille Monday is spoil. Playing with this word, there are three meanings here. Gotta have fun with words!


About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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15 Responses to Basic Instinct

  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Love this, Mary – the meeting of opposites, the ending.

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  2. Oh this is so pretty. Loved it 🙂❤️


  3. Mary, I meant to add bitter-sweet after pretty 😔


  4. No, I’d think you a poet! 🙂

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  5. Janice says:

    I like your observation that aging fruit sweetens with decay.


  6. lillian says:

    spurned at first….then sweetened by ageing…..the metaphor of fruit is used quite well here.
    So glad you posted to the prompt!


  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice lines: “Bears to the beehive
    Moths to a flame” hopefully avoiding the crash.


  8. Love the play on opposites here… but mostly the sweetened decay.


  9. Lona Gynt says:

    This is simply magnificent. You have opened somehow a window into two people dancing in attraction, conflict, and contrast, and have somehow evoked such longing and frustration without hardly saying anything explicit. It is like magic, it is like emotion itself put out on to the page, like a type of ineffable clairvoyance. With just 44 little words we feel like we know so much about two individuals in both an epic scope and a private corner. Again, magnificent, simply masterful!


  10. Lona Gynt says:

    And I like the contrast in the choices, mirroring the contrast in the individuals, each can either stand their ground firmly and crash, or find some accommodation, to soften… this… end…. game. tender.


  11. Gina says:

    economical use of words to describe more than one spoil, well done Mary, I am was delightfully amused with the spoils and spoiled


  12. “aging fruit sweetens in decay” Love this line, and the opposite play.


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