Toska – Response to Challenge

Apostrophe: a figure of speech in which someone absent or dead or something nonhuman is addressed as if it were alive and present and was able to reply.

Saudade: accommodates in one word the haunting desire for a lost love, or for an imaginary, impossible, never-to-be-experienced love.

Challenge set by susandaniel and ruleofstupid

I took it up – whether I have succeeded remains to be seen.

Vampires roar
across a bloody ocean
took my love
words no longer spoken

left blood marks
as others cried
hearts torn
curdled pain
corpse spawn

Agony I reached for you
arms outstretched
fingers taut
across a bloody ocean

Be gone death that walks
bring me back my love
or take me too
that I may join

I have lost you
could have
held it
held you
wasn’t for the blood

across a bloody ocean


Russian. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

ramblingsfromamum 2.01.2013