More Than Nearly Dearly Departed


More Than Nearly Dearly Departed


A single dawn before

the anticipated

day of her departure ..

He stumbled

upon his own shadow

sifting through

her drawers like some

dark villain

in a cheap B movie ..

Then he noticed

in a broken mirror

that both her

knees were bruised

and bleeding ..

As was her right cheek

and left shoulder

and there, before his

very eyes ..

Part hid, beneath the

rough thrown

sackcloth cover, she

had been

folded up like some


envelope and left there

all alone to die



  • Author: Neville (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 15th, 2023 05:07
  • Category: Unclassified
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  • Fay Slimm.

    A shudder of a read knowing how familiar this scene is in many countries - - girls kidnapped for sex are in constant danger and you tell it well here my friend........x

  • orchidee

    A thoughtful write N.

    • Neville

      Thank you Mr. O

    • MendedFences27

      This leaves so much to the readers imagination. All of the "Who, What, When, Where, and Why" questions go unanswered. The reader is free to construct the scene however they choose. To me it reads like a crime scene with the narrator as a detective, but I'm probably incorrect. It can be so many different things. One cannot help feeling sad for her? or whatever is encompassed in your "she" describer. Makes one wonder, what is the rest of the story? - Phil A.

      • Neville

        A gentleman never tells but one day .. we shall have to wait and see .............. thanks a bundle Phil

      • Michael Edwards

        A telling read - left to the reader to interpret - nice one Neville.

        • Neville

          Thanking you kindly Michael .. Neville

        • Doggerel Dave

          Don't want to interpret, Nev - I want freedom from ambiguity.... apart from that....

          • Neville

            Her name was Miriam a detained patient at a large Victorian and now largely demolished psychiatric hospital, unlawfully killed by a male patient .. both buried withing the hospital chapel grounds .. the chapel is still in use but by a different denomination to the one it was originally intended for ..

            • Doggerel Dave

              Thanks for that, Nev. Appreciated.

            • Goldfinch60

              Very emotive words Neville.


              • Neville

                I am indeed, deeply indebted Andy

              • L. B. Mek

                I mimic the shudder of our dear Fay
                'haunting' to say the least
                when i was younger, detective horror mysteries
                were my reading genre of choice
                till, I got older
                and that fantastic premise, visited
                my everyday
                like that bone chilling, slap
                of winter's winds
                delivered, during Spring's
                April shower, reality...
                (laud the humanity and tenderness
                aside the crass, matter of fact
                hard-hitting, 'wake up call' wording)
                deftly executed, Hyung
                just sad, such a write
                will always be necessary

                • Neville

                  thank you brother Mek .. sickening, isn't it

                • Christina8

                  That is the worst way to die that I can imagine! Evocative write but I see now it's a true story....well done! x

                  • Neville

                    you are indeed spoiling this old fella today ma'am, but between you n me .. he likes it 🙂 x

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