Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Deus Ex Machina

The Halloween suicide walks out along the flag pole

In resale shop black shoes.

There is a kitten named Giuseppe Verdi riding in the pocket of her smock,

And his big yellow eyes say,

"Please reconsider.

Think of all the tuna fish I would miss.

Think of Tanya,

Across town, serving lattes to strangers,

With your heart folded carefully and kept with her car keys and her fabulous accent."



But the Halloween suicide falls like the notes of an adagio,

Giving first one graceful foot to the empty air,

And then the other.

Her smock spreads out

Like bat wings

And she and Giuseppe Verdi float through the nippy October sky like two leaves connected at the stem.

"Tra-la," she sings,

As they arc this way, then that.

Clearly, they ride in the palm of a Divine Hand.



They come down softly on the patio of a chain coffee bar.

Inside, Tanya looks up from counting her tips and smiles.

No opera heroine ever looked more beautiful.

Later, petting both aviatrix and kitten, she says,

"Don't you know you can never leave as long as I own your heart?

I am your deus ex machina;

I will always cushion your fall and welcome you back to my arms."

The Halloween suicide begins to cry, big fat tears melting into Giuseppe Verdi's black fur.

"Why are you so good to me? I'm a mess," the flyer says, looking up. "What's in it for you, Magoo?"

Tanya laughs and kisses her.

"I love you for your magic,

For your ever-broken heart,

And because you need me, like Giuseppe Verdi needs you."

The kitten rumbles under her hand,

And she knows that it must be true.

_______

for One Shot Wednesday Week 17

Deus ex machina (god from the machine) is a term describing the sudden appearance of an unexpected way out of a difficult situation

35 comments:

Brian Miller said...

dang shay...making me tear up like that...

marousia said...

Surreal imagery that I enjoyed reading

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wowzers, this one was pretty scary. And i think there must be something wrong with me, because I was more worried about the kitten???? The unexpectedly happy ending was a huge relief. I love the "ever-broken heart". And am a big fan of Tanya's now! Thank you for a gripping, sick-in-the-stomach kind of read with an unanticipated bright ending. Whew! Intense!

Desert Rose said...

Hey Shay! how you do this..every time i read you i am in total AWE..out of the world, you bring extremely amazing feelings out of me..really BEAUTIFUL! the ending was just..brilliant! GREAT READ..:))

Cloudia said...

"Ever broken heart"

Boonie S said...

Very powerful.

Take care, Boonie

Mary said...

Ohhhh, I was sooooo reieved to read the ending. Wonderful writing!

Susannah said...

Brilliant writing! but I must admit that like Sherry I was very concerned about the kitten. The ending was a beautiful and very welcome one.

Lynn said...

Tanya sounds like a cool character. I like the use of deus ex machina. :)

Riot Kitty said...

I want a kitten named Giuseppe Verdi!

TALON said...

"in resale shop black shoes" - it's details like that make me love your writing so much, Shay.

Daryl said...

Tanya needs to go to Danny's.

Sender D. said...

Don't even know what to say to this. Love it. Love and Light, Sender

L.L. Barkat said...

So much great imagery here.

I especially liked "Think of Tanya,

Across town, serving lattes to strangers,"

:)

Carrie Burtt said...

I just love this Shay...Giuseppe Verdi has captured my heart! :-)

cianphelan said...

Nice word choice, solid direction--and just plain beautiful throughout. Nice work!

Leo said...

very powerful and intriguing wordplay here, Shay.. loved it..! :)

My One Shot Is Here

Gabriella Moonlight said...

You are brilliant, amazing and have a way to put into words all the amazing sentiments of life.

Tell me if you can see my blog now?

I have been out of touch as Elliot passed to the Rainbow Bridge last week and I am just now getting to reality again.

Love to you.
Gabi

Linda said...

Scary and sad in the beginning, especially for the kitten (another cat lover here), and then sad and sweet in the end. Well done.

Beachanny said...

Imaginative, a well composed journey with the characters who could actually defy gravity. Very witchy. Loved it! Gay @beachanny

Mama Zen said...

"Like the note of an adagio." That's lovely and incongruous at the same time.

mac said...

I love you for your ever broken heart is magic :-)

Shashi said...

Dear Fire Blossom

What a beautiful story.. " you can never leave as long as I own your heart"... how true...


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Om Namah Shivaya
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La Belette Rouge said...

Oh, my flying-Tiger friend. I found myself so worried for Verdi and for the one who loves and worried that wings wouldn't arrive. I felt the tension, the anxiety and the fear of falling and the impossibility of love that has the potential to keep one ever broken.
Lovely...and sad.
xoxo
Weasel-friend

dustus said...

"For your ever-broken heart, / And because you need me..." killer lines that sting. Enjoyed the symphonic weave to your poem.

artswebshow.com said...

wow, this is some fantastic writing.
Great job

Mona said...

Tanya is a sylph?

Great story! I am happy for the kitten. since she did not want to die!

Jannie Funster said...

This is the most beautiful poem
I have ever read.

The second most beautiful was one
of yours too.

I still can't believe I actually
"know" you, you old Michigal gal, you. Well, not that old. Not old at all. Really! :) Just getting started, it would seem.

(And loves everything wedding, as per your comment I just read over at Lynn's. Been to any wedgie ones?)


Thank you for sharing the gift of
your heart so freely here.

xoxo

Steve said...

Solid, fun, with a semi-surrealistic tone.

Lydia said...

You, in no way, could have the slightest idea of the importance this poem has in my life. The last weeks. Tonight.

What a gift you have. What a gift this poem is...

Scarlet Ily said...

My talented friend, YOU are like a Deus ex machina at times, for me. :)

Debbie said...

Scary and sweet at the same time. Quite the accomplishment.

gabrielle said...

Last night I finished reading Ann Patchett’s Truth and Beauty, the story of her love affair with Lucy Grealy. Failing to save her, in the end, she keeps her close via a dream where Lucy is suspended in a kind of rehab purgatory. Deux ex machine turns out to be our interal flaw of love. Your poem drives it home softly.

cinderkeys said...

I wish I had a Tanya.

I wish I were capable of being a Tanya.

Sounds of Subtlety..:) said...

GOD! Can there be a better and much finer piece to describe what poetry is? :)
Yes,I mean this is one outstanding effort which needs all the commendation that it gets...
Thats one helluva talent there is...:)
Great work,I like the denouement in the poem A LOT...:)