Marenga. Divergent spirit of love

All love is light,

With a creeping lining of darkness.

Silence rakes through the solstice night
Whispers of lust scurry between lovers
And Marenga, reaper of tainted hearts, prowls the shadows.

She comes but once a year
On solstice, in every winter
A malignant spirit made of sorrow and bitter regret
Seeking revenge on all that reminds her,
Of the toxic love she suffered long ago.

Once, Marenga was a lady, beautiful as sunrise
Once, she loved beyond love
Betrothed in body and in heart.
Until she witnessed her true love’s infidelity,
And loathing with vengeance stained her virgin soul.
Yet still, she could not stop loving him,
That thin line between love and hate,
A constant noose at her neck.

In a time when spirits dwelt closer to the veil,
She summoned the Rakshasa,
A demon of jealousy,
And sought to wreak distress upon the lover she hated.
A bitter mistake!

She lost her virtue,
And bartered her soul,
Only to find,
Her once true love,
Had never loved her at all.

Now,
Each year she stalks the night of her betrayal.
On winter’s solstice,
Let all pretenders of love beware!

Β© judeitakali

All images @pixabay


It’s been a while since I wrote and shared a short dark story with you.

I hope you enjoy it,

All-out love is tricky business. Meditation, family, friends and prayer are some ways that can cleanse the darkness in a broken heart.

I can’t fathom why my horror muse likes dabbling in love. (Smh)

Stay safe, and stay loving.

38 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    A bit dark but great writing.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Sadje. I do have an insistent dark muse

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Sadje says:

        You use it well.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Shruba says:

    Reminds me of the ending of The Haunting of Bly Manor. XD

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Gotta check that one out❀️

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Shruba says:

        To be frank, I liked The Haunting of Hill House better. 🀭

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        Oh my Shruba!πŸ’•πŸ˜. I’m going to get those two over the weekend and get back to you on them after a week. I’m so glad you shared. Can’t believe I haven’t watched, I’ve really been sloppy with my Horror recruitment πŸ˜…

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      3. Shruba says:

        Haha no hurry. I hope you enjoy them! 🀩☺

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Ingrid says:

    Such a captivating tale! I think what destroyed Marenga was not her unfaithful lover but her jealousy.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      I agree, she’d given herself to him body and soul

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  4. sammicakes says:

    gorgeous story, I love the use of mythological creatures to amplify the tone and atmosphere

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sammi.❀️. I’m glad you like that.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Wow! I love the way you have written this poetic story about Maranga.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Daisy❀️

      Like

  6. The perfect amalgamation of horror and poetry. I love this one, Jude. Very captivating ✨

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Rishika

      Liked by 1 person

  7. vaniheart says:

    Wow !!! Evil poetryπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ‘

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, excuse me πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  8. michnavs says:

    “All love is light,

    With a creeping lining of darkness.”… i love this opening.. and yes its a bit dark but i love the darkness in your work

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michelle. I was really happy with that line, and you’ve made me smile coz you like it.
      I gotta let the dark side out in my writing.
      I’m quite bubbly in reality πŸ˜‚

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  9. Fascinating piece. I love it.
    xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Gabriella πŸ’•πŸŒ·

      Like

  10. Very powerful prose Jude! I don’t usually like dark prose but this moved me with the raw emotions conveyed.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. That’s an amazing compliment. I’m humbled

      Liked by 1 person

  11. clcouch123 says:

    Great work in verse and great storytelling!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

      Like

  12. tanvibytes says:

    Very dark– but a beautiful poem! This was my favorite part:

    “She comes but once a year
    On solstice, in every winter
    A malignant spirit made of sorrow and bitter regret
    Seeking revenge on all that reminds her,
    Of the toxic love she suffered long ago.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Tanvi. I’m glad you enjoyed this 🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  13. memadtwo says:

    Jealousy is indeed a demon. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      😌alas.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. mariamichaela says:

    Loved the story!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      HiπŸ˜ƒ. Thank you Michaela. Hope you’re well 🌼

      Liked by 1 person

      1. mariamichaela says:

        All is well, Jude. I hope you are too πŸ™‚

        Liked by 1 person

      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ‘ŒπŸΎπŸ˜Š

        Liked by 1 person

  15. Bulbul says:

    It got menacing too quickly, very beautifully penned, Jude. Love is definitely a very risky business.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Bubble 🌼🧑

      Liked by 1 person

  16. -Eugenia says:

    Woah! A little darkness for my Monday morning reading. I like it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe, I’m always tentative about writing darkness but it is part of everything isn’t it?

      Like

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