Havisham – Carol Ann Duffy

Miss Havisham

Miss Havisham

My girlfriend has just brought this poem to my attention as we watch the South Park episode that focuses on Great Expectations. It is such a good poem, I can’t believe I have never read it.




Beloved sweetheart bastard. Not a day since then
I haven’t wished him dead. Prayed for it
so hard I’ve dark green pebbles for eyes,
ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with.

Spinster. I stink and remember. Whole days
in bed cawing Nooooo at the wall; the dress
yellowing, trembling if I open the wardrobe;
the slewed mirror, full-length, her, myself, who did this

to me? Puce curses that are sounds not words.
Some nights better, the lost body over me,
my fluent tongue in its mouth in its ear
then down till suddenly bite awake. Love’s

hate behind a white veil; a red balloon bursting
in my face. Bang. I stabbed at a wedding cake.
Give me a male corpse for a long slow honeymoon.
Don’t think it’s only the heart that b-b-b-breaks.

News! Domain URL and changes to layout.

The blog now has its own domain and email address! The domain you can all bookmark is http://wordsformwindows.com and the email can be found in the new contact section.

Also I’m going to move some stuff around and set up another blog to host anything game related there to keep this more focused on creative writing stories and poems etc and thoughts and opinions. The new blog will be live soon and i’ll post a link to it when its up and running, but for now just keep reading :)