Murder…a poem

book coveer det. murdoch mysteries written by maureen jennings

#10 Murder...a poem by jk

Disclaimer: ‘Murder’ Is Not A Blackout Poem but Expect One To Appear

Origin of the term ‘Clock and Dagger: “Cloak and dagger” is an English term sometimes used to refer to situations involving intrigue, secrecy, espionage, or mystery. The imagery of these two items became associated with the archetypal spy or assassin: The cloak, worn to hide one’s identity or remain hidden from view, and the dagger, a concealable and silent weapon. Used often to describe an exciting story involving secrets and mystery, often about spies. The French refer to it as ‘de cape et d’épée’ and the Spanish use ‘de capa y espada’.

The term can be taken literally, and refers to wielding a dagger in one hand and a cloak in the other. The purpose of the cloak was to obscure the presence or movement of the dagger, to provide minor protection from slashes, to restrict the movement of the opponent’s weapon, and to provide a distraction.

An example of a real ‘cloak and dagger’ storyline: ‘She’s having a clandestine affair with the next-door neighbor—real cloak-and-dagger stuff, coded messages about where they’ll meet, pretending they’re not known to one another, arriving and leaving separately—so romantic!’

Definition collected from a variety of sources.