Simone Inez Harriman

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Devoured - Poem by Simone Inez Harriman

Skeletal and naked
I am now only candlelit bones
Mere scrap of a voluptuous feast
I had served with my best china

You, my guest, dined and fled
With all the silver
In your haste to alienate
An emotional plate
I am swiftly scraped

Even now
Down the bulimic drain
Your hurt hurts me
My body waste disposes
Sewage from a compost
Of rancid depression and rage
As your chewing enzymes bite
Caustic from your heart

Topic(s) of this poem: depression, hurt

Comments about Devoured by Simone Inez Harriman

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (6/25/2017 5:02:00 AM)

    I am now only candlelit bones
    scrap of a voluptuous feast
    I am swiftly scraped
    Your hurt hurts me
    depression and rage i am fascinated from your poems. I read many now.
    The strong words and expression you use, the inner anger, depressive state, helplessness.
    Hurt and pain and the ongoing sufferings and the memories.. thank you very much dear poetess.tony
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  • (6/5/2017 10:37:00 AM)

    You made me a little depressed and brought back some pains, then I said hey! this is just a great write and I began to enjoy it as just another great poem from you.Thanks Inez (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (4/29/2017 2:10:00 PM)

    i too am a bit depressed now. depressed (just a bit) that i don't (think i) totally understand this poem.

    hell! i KNOW i don't. but it is short and kind of entertaining. when i'm not sure what else to say, i say interesting. yes, that is usually safe. it is interesting, but.........even more than that. maybe a bit
    captivating? a bit. a little punctuation in one or two places would have helped MY reading.

    i have a feeling that only ONE person is really involved here.

    bri :)

    the poem actually makes me think of eating and doing dishes. i ate some and washed a couple of dishes already today! and it's barely noon. what the heck! to MyPoemList. i'll look for another for showcase.
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  • Valsa George (4/22/2017 1:21:00 AM)

    'Mere scrap of a voluptuous feast
    I had served with my best china'............ Let me change the word 'feast' to' lust'. The protagonist offered everything to him and he devoured even the last morsel, but went his way, leaving the speaker dreadfully hurt! A painful experience so touchingly described in metaphorical language!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/21/2016 2:45:00 AM)

    Naked! With the pains of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (11/12/2015 11:20:00 AM)

    This is so painful and sad I caught all the essence of this poem such a poigant write thanks (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/4/2015 10:33:00 AM)

    This is a painful read because it captures the raw emotion resulting from the breakup of an unhealthy relationship. The combination of bulimia with the metaphor of your abused body to consumed food is perfect here, but oh so disturbing....downright cataclysmic. You've woven in so perfectly the emotions and insecurities that women have in the course of a relationship that is most probably abusive but oh so attractive at a younger age: body image (too fat) , high highs and low lows, giving everything and receiving nothing in return. The star of the poem is in the telling and the imagery you use. It just works…’chewing enzymes, ’ ‘rancid depression and rage.’ The title, “Devoured, ” is aptly dramatic and the opening of ‘diminished, ” just sets the stage for the dramatic tragedy. Well done. This was a bravo for me! So many women can relate to this so well written and crafted poem. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/6/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    The energy in this poem fairly bursts out of the confines of printed language. Your poem tells a story about the speaker's dashed hopes for a dinner for two, but the events blur together as the emotional reaction of the speaker take control of the poem. This is what I call FUSED language and in this case it's also explosive. From the vivid title image of DEVOURED to the closing sentiments of DEPRESSION AND RAGE your poem is cathartic. (I just saw the date of the other comments - 2009! This time bomb of a poem has been smoldering for 9 years and it still explodes!) (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2009 5:04:00 PM)

    wonderful metaphorical poem, nice self-portrait, very well expressed...........10 (Report) Reply

  • Chris G. Vaillancourt (10/15/2009 2:41:00 PM)

    A fantastic piece with wonderful images (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2009 11:08:00 PM)

    Your hurt hurts me
    ne plus ultra.... Simone
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  • (7/20/2008 5:54:00 AM)

    'candle lit bones' phrase... the whole poem lit up...good write...10 grade (Report) Reply

  • (12/30/2007 8:04:00 PM)

    this poem is so visual and tasteful. awesome stuff! Thanks for the poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2007 7:39:00 PM)

    Wonderful, gives a new vocabulary to the passions. (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (2/22/2006 11:32:00 PM)

    dear inez, this is lovely too. (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2006 10:41:00 AM)

    Simone, this is quite powerful; it has a Plathian tone to it, if you don't mind that comparison. Nice job. And I hope you've been doing wonderfully. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2006 1:13:00 PM)

    Bitter but brilliant. So glad your muse is reawakened (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Poem Edited: Monday, July 17, 2017

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