Trifextra: Royalty

junk yard


In the loft above your heart I found my crown. Distorted. Broken.

Painstakingly, I pulled your shrapnel from my body, piece by piece.

Unraveled your tether from my soul, and stepped away.



This is my submission for this weekend’s Trifextra challenge in which we had to add 30 of our own words to the following three words: Tether, Loft, Crown.

My fellow fiction aficionados, I am thrilled to announce that I am the new managing editor over at the speakeasy – and we will be re-launching our fiction and poetry challenge this weekend. Check out the revamped site and join us for next week’s challenge!


Image credit: Sean Gladwell /


71 thoughts on “Trifextra: Royalty

  1. To be able to free yourself from such pain is not only necessary but a skill we don’t all know. I think in some ways we have all felt this. Been there.

  2. What a breathtaking read ! I am just sitting here, reading them over and over again. Intense…doesn’t justify the impact. You are a genius.Your words just ring like music and bring alive such a beautiful picture, dabbed in pain.

  3. Absolutely stunning. I always love your pieces, Suzanne, but this might be one of my favorites of yours ever. That opening line was right up my alley – it set exactly the kind of mood I’m always trying to achieve. I loved every word.

  4. I love the strength in this. It takes courage to pull out that shrapnel and experience the pain again, but it’s worth it when the wounds heal.
    Thank you for linking up. Voting is now active so don’t forget to come back!

  5. You write about the recovery from broken relationships so well. This is breath-takingly painful , and beautiful, while being hopeful. Very envious (in a nice way 🙂 )

  6. I didn’t write this weekend, but when I read yours I went back to what I had started to write on Friday and Said, “yes this is the way I wanted to say it , only her’s is much much better”

    it was so powerful..that place where you want so badly to let go, where you know you must. WOW.

    hope you had a great weekend.

  7. Suzanne, I signed up for ‘Speakeasy’ but can find no link in your welcoming email message. I have no way to submit a poem or vote on those submitted. I must be doing something wrong. Am currently working with outdated software, so that may be the reason. Please help if you can. Thanks. Jacqueline Casey

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