[Poetry] A Chandelier of Ice

If I hang from a chandelier of ice,
Will the cold seep into my bloodstream first,
Like the harbinger of a frozen curse?

Or will the oxygen that escapes
In panicked gasps through faint blue lips,
Be the harbinger of my life’s eclipse?

Gazing up at the chandelier of ice,
Perhaps today, I will only
Admire how it twinkles so magnificently.

© Jade M. Wong

Written for dVerse Poetics (“harbinger”) and an Instagram poetry prompt (“chandeliers of ice”). What do you guys think?

64 thoughts on “[Poetry] A Chandelier of Ice

  1. My favorite lines:

    “the oxygen that escapes
    In panicked gasps through faint blue lips”

    Intensely packed imagery of brilliance and straight from the heart.

    I have in one of my poems from last year used the word ‘Harbinger’, I agree it is a underused word, and I’m glad you’ve used it in such a creative honesty. 🙂

    Here’s a song that fits your title of the poem: Hope you enjoy it and the lyrics.

    Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier

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  2. Just bringing in the chandelier made me think of the song by Sia with the same name, and having watched the video I can almost imagine that it’s the same story…

    “I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
    I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier”

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  3. Shaped like a chandelier! A harbinger of ice…..blue lips mentioned. I’m reminded of “blue ice” — the sheen that the giant icebergs have on frozen waters, having calved from the giant glaciers. Another type of ice chandelier perhaps?
    Enjoyed this very much!

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  4. the harbinger of a frozen curse reflected the chandeliers of ice perfectly – beauty can be deceptive – the warm breath will expose its cruel truth – oooo the shivers your poetry gives me!

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