Ivor Steven: The Other Side of Red, White, and Blue


It was the fourth of July

The party seems to be finished

Wondering how long I dozed off for

Most of my friends have gone

A few bodies left, lying on the floor

Best I have a piss before I go

Now where’s that bathroom

Whoops, there’s a girl in here

Dressed all in blue, and she’s on the floor

Slouched in the corner, not moving

Her skin’s “a whiter shade of pale” *

Red lip-stick all askew

Then I see myself in the mirror

Agape, my white shirt’s moist and filthy

Splattered, deep dark red

Oh no! It’s human blood

I turn the crumpled girl over

Her pretty blue dress, covered in blood too

What’s happened, I can’t remember

Only blurry images of red, white, and blue

My mind goes numb

And my legs start running

Out of here in a hurry

“Thump”, I trip over

I thought that bloke was asleep

I didn’t notice at first

His red shirt’s also oozing out blood

Holy hell, he’s dead too

I’m stumbling through the front door

Grappling, panicking, now where?

Where do I flee to?

Think! Yes, a nearby Church

Has an early dawn service

A sanctuary for my burning fears

And bumbling into the Church I go

Settling upon the nearest pew

I’m white as a ghost and turn to see who’s beside me

An eerily stunning red-haired girl

Wearing a dress of red white and blue

Memory flashes back, it’s her, from the party

She’s staring at me now, with livid red and white eyes

I see fangs protruding over her blue lips

Dribbling fresh blood, hissing at me

She gurgles, “Did I miss one?”

The Filia Sanguine suddenly grabs my arm

And her dark-blue fingernails dig deep

I’m seized, I’m gone, I know

There’s no safe haven here

“Where do you go to my lovely”**

Screaming tears of red, white, and blue.


*A Whiter Shade Of Pale, a Procol Harum song title, 1967

**Where Do You Go To My Lovely, a Peter Sarstedt song title, 1969



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30 Comments on Ivor Steven: The Other Side of Red, White, and Blue

  1. The patriotic colors in your cool vampire poem make me want to grill some burgers and hotdogs. Rare meat is delicious! Thanks for the fangtastic poetry, Ivor.


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  2. Thanks DD, and thank you to SMM for publishing my poetry gurglings. the artwork is frightfully good, and I’m reblogging now.

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  3. Whoops Rose, we don’t seem to have the reblogg, prompt here. !!

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  4. Wow, Ivor. I’ve had some rough nights at parties, but none like that. At least not that I can remember…great stuff, really entertaining.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. Ivor’s poem will bite you in the neck! Watch out.

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  6. Awesomely Awesome and brilliantly brilliant!! The reblog issue is a WP glitch supposedly being worked on.

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  7. A great imaginative moment of horror! Thanks for the read.

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  8. Your Vampire poem grabbed me, Ivor! Thank you so much for your dark side. It flourishes here on SMM so well, and all the monsters keep it watered and fertilized very nicely. Bloomin’ fangtastic!

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  9. I had to step over colorful bodies just to get to the comment. Well done.

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  10. I would never like to attend such a party! Awesome poem and great artwork…. 🙂

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  11. oh my god that was so awesome

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