Hi Nagini. Here I am again to review another one of your beautifully accessible poems. Although this one is in the form of a prose poem, it is certainly more poetic than prosy, and never prosaic.
It is easy to tell that the poem is spoken by one of your favorite characters, Merope Riddle, nee Gaunt. All of the images you choose to compare her to are the important points in her life.
I spent some time puzzling over the first image, the crinkled letter, and finally wondered if it was her Hogwarts letter which she was never allowed to take advantage of, but why would it be sealed clumsily by a shaking hand? Was it a letter that she wrote to her husband revealing her magical deeds and which he crumpled up and left behind when he deserted her? That must be it.
When I read the line “I am a wasted space,” my first understanding was not of a desertlike wasteland, but of her perception that she is so valueless that even the space she occupies on planet Earth is “wasted”, that she is good for absolutely nothing. I don’t know if this was your first meaning, but it is powerful, and significant to me that of all the images in this poem, “wasted space” is the image you chose for the title.
“Dying pollen fluttering through the open skies” is also an inspired image. We picture pollen as something very fragile, something associated with springtime and favorable conditions, wafted on the breeze, never robust enough to survive harsh and punishing conditions. She speaks of the pollen, an image of her procreative power, as “never to find its destiny.” A slightly chilling thought, since we know that her baby did survive to become a monster. What a destiny!
Thank you for all the beautiful poems you write. They help us see many points of the Harry Potter saga in a bright new light.
Author's Response: The letter was the one she wrote to her father, explaining what she had done. Dumbledore mentioned it briefly to Harry when he talked about Marvolo Gaunt returning home after being in Azkaban. :) I am happy to see that you are enjoying my poetry, and that you are able to get so much out of it. Now I feel like I have to go return the favor and review all your work! 0.o ~Nagini
You really are a great poet! You really do a great job of conveying emotion! This is definitely something that I have felt, I'm sure a lot of people would agree. Is it about Merope Gaunt? It sure feel that way!
And again great poem!! :)
P.S. I'm glad I'm making your day :)
Author's Response: Yes, it was Merope! :) The challenge was to use metaphors to describe a character, and I found Merope to be easiest because of the items she is associated with. Thank you for your review! My day is looking up!!!
I love that I am your first reviewer!!!! And well, hi again!!! I miss your stories because like this one, they have so much detail and they're written so beautifully! I have read the Harry Potter books 7 times each and I cannot figure out the character, though it must have to do with Lord Voldemort or Nagini, that's your name anyways. I can't figure it out! You are so good at this!!! Keep it up!
P.S. I wish that Booksie would start working for you... You read one of my stories called the Loannes Potion and I updated it recently. I would love if you could read it. But I'm afraid Booksie still doesn't work for you. Well if it does, I have a lot more stories now that are waiting for your beloved comments. Thanks! And nice chatting and reading your stories again!!!!! :D
Author's Response: It's Merope! I would have hoped it obvious, seeing as she called herself a locket and a love potion gone awry. I suppose it was a little obscure. But thanks for reviewing! :)