Writing 201: Drawer

Writing 201: Drawer

Behold

Oh, drawer, what treasures you hold

Buried in sand, dirt or clay

To be scooped out every day

I can smell the scent

Of a present

Left by my cat, the cunning fox

In the drawer of her litter box

Writing 201: Fingers

Writing 201: Fingers

Thick, short, cold fingers digging in the thin, soft, warm skin. Digging, ripping, tearing like claws, knives, forks. The flesh splitting, yielding, giving in – unfeeling, uncaring, dead meat. This is him eating his chicken meal.

Writing 201: Hero(ine)

Writing 201: Hero(ine)

A hero began

As everyman

 

Everyman grew up

Everyman broke up

Everyman sobered up

 

Becoming bitter and brave

Daring to kill the ill

The ill that never will

Live again good and brave

 

A hero became

A hero went and

Fell

Dead

 

Everyman ends

As a hero

Emancipation Declaration

Emancipation Declaration

Thoughts you think when tied to the sink

Ambition, aspiration, art

Life, love, liberty

Put an end to it

Already

 

You slit

Your wrists

Writing 201: Poetry Potluck

Writing 201: Poetry Potluck

I am ill.
I have taken a pill to kill

The thin
Papery feeling.

–Sylvia Plath, “Cut”

If I am asked to share one poem, which happens to be the weekend assignment for Writing 201, I cannot but come up with lines that have in them darkness, originality and – women’s emancipation (or suppression). The quote above is to me one of the best lines in poetry of all times: the rhymes, rhythm, structure, word choice, all converge to create an emotionally powerful yet also intellectually sound and artistically well-crafted piece of work.

Sylvia Plath, “Cut”

What a thrill–
My thumb instead of an onion.
The top quite gone
Except for a sort of a hinge

Of skin,
A flap like a hat,
Dead white.
Then that red plush.

Little pilgrim,
The Indian’s axed your scalp.
Your turkey wattle
Carpet rolls

Straight from the heart.
I step on it,
Clutching my bottle
Of pink fizz.

A celebration, this is.
Out of a gap
A million soldiers run,
Redcoats, every one.

Whose side are they on?
O my
Homunculus, I am ill.
I have taken a pill to kill

The thin
Papery feeling.
Saboteur,
Kamikaze man–

The stain on your
Gauze Ku Klux Klan
Babushka
Darkens and tarnishes and when

The balled
Pulp of your heart
Confronts its small
Mill of silence

How you jump–
Trepanned veteran,
Dirty girl,
Thumb stump.

Writing 201: Fog

Writing 201: Fog

Lying low in the fields

Is morning mist

 

The thick and sticky mist

Smothers and conceals

 

Rotten apples, dead hares

Lives lost to the mist

Writing 201: Animal

Writing 201: Animal

Schrödinger’s cat:
Is she live
or dead?
Is she
a he?
Think

out of the box.

Writing 201: Trust

Writing 201: Trust

A belated confession

Distrust emerged

Fully

 

Already bugging

Constantly

Dead end

Full

 

Stop

Writing 201: Journey

Writing 201: Journey

There was a doctor in Patagonia

Who pursued a treatment of pneumonia

She sipped soda and Scotch

Which cleared her lungs top-notch

And got her a new liver from Armenia

Writing 201: Water

Writing 201: Water

The sky breaks water

Like a wife empties the sink

Her man the bottle