What the world needs

Prompt: What the world needs now is love – Dionne Warwick

With a gentle grip,
she turns you from panoramic vistas

– mountains, oceans,
and meadows of wildflowers –

until you see the chaos
and carnage
we dismiss as
human nature.

Peering up through her lashes,
head tilted,
she whispers

‘What they need now is love.’

And you wonder who she is
to assign you
the impossible.

Yeah, sure, let’s celebrate

Prompt: ‘I’d worked that much out for myself.’ – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J K Rowling

An opaque chunk
of rock, clasped in
greedy metal fingers,
symbolic of drama
and a sizeable new dent
in his pocket.

Oh, and love.

“We’re engaged!” she purrs,
glee and tawdry triumph
smeared across her face,
but I’d already worked that much
out for myself.

You wouldn’t understand

Prompt: ‘…the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen.’ – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J K Rowling

Stuck in suburbia,
defining average.
His world defined
by dramas beyond the ken
of mediocre housewives
working 9-5 jobs they hate.

“I can’t tell you,”
insisted, repeated, insisted.
“You’d never understand.”

I’ve felt suicide
shatter complacency.
I’ve seen tragedy’s desperate depths.
I’ve spoken of sex and abuse,
kinks and
tortured torments.

But I’m stuck in suburbia,
defining average.
I wouldn’t understand.

“Moist”

Prompt: ‘”Wet,” he said, truthfully.’ – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J K Rowling

He draws it out,

s t r e t c h i n g it,
the tension building…

…until I snap.

…until I scream.

A smug smirk
slides across his face
as I shudder.

He knows
just
which
buttons
to push.

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