This poem came out of the September 2013 crowdfunding
Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from satinroseironthorns
and a comment from George William Claxton relating to everyday sadists
, in which he pointed out that the term for nonsexual enjoyment of pain is algophism. This also fills the "darkfic" square in my card
for the ladiesbingo
fest. The poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette."Algophism"
They were friends, of course,
the bad girls of various religions --
Kali with her blue skin
and belt of human skulls,
Lilith with her razor talons
and owl-wings silent as death,
Eris with her black hair in ringlets
and a golden apple in her hand.
They liked to go out in the evenings,
trolling the streets of India, Iraq, or Greece.
It rarely took them long to attract trouble,
usually in the form of a man.
It was funny just how many would-be
muggers and rapists had poor taste in victims.
The men only saw the illusion
of three young women in a dark street.
They did not understand that the ladies three
were far darker than the shadows around them.
Sometimes Lilith would sit on their assailant
until he suffocated from her weight on his chest.
Sometimes Kali would trample a man
beneath her bare blue feet.
Sometimes, Eris would touch one and let him go,
leaving him whole as his life unraveled into chaos.
It was pure algophism, and not sadism --
there was never any sexual pleasure in it.
They all enjoyed sadism too, but for this they wanted
to deny the men any interest that might yield relief.
Sometimes they would each take a limb and pull, like
sorority sisters making a wish on a chicken's breastbone.
Let the golden goddesses have their flowers and perfume --
the bad girls would rather dance to the sound of screams.
* * * Notes: Kali
is a Hindu goddess of death and change.Lilith
is a Babylonian
demon or goddess of night, magic, and independence.Eris
is a Greek goddess of chaos and discord.Eternally Bad: Goddesses with Attitude
is a book about divine bad girls.
Tags: creative jam, cyberfunded creativity, ethnic studies, gender studies, horror, pagan, poem, poetry, reading, spirituality, writing
Current Mood: busy