Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Small Talk



Don gloves before handling porcupines;
Dark glasses when in love with the sun--

Protect virtue with dozens of petticoats;
Slouch in doorways and call, to meet men.

Never trust captains of ferry boats;
Feign boredom when purchasing wine--

During lovemaking, do not consult your notes,
And keep your damn mitts off what's mine.

_____

for magpie 46

29 comments:

izzy said...

Ooooh, I like the edginess of this one!
Good job! I did not participate this week, but the prompt has spurred my muse
so I might - Thanks.

Lynn said...

All things that make sense. :)

Mary said...

Oh, love this!

ellen abbott said...

excellent rules for living.

Berowne said...

Good solid writing.

hedgewitch said...

Lively and scathing, but then, that's totally normal here. I like your portrait of what can live inside the social concept of a pair of gloves. Never trust captains of ferry boats, and never play cards with a man named Doc (<-Kerouac)

Sioux Roslawski said...

This is my favorite Magpie Tale this week...a mix of the whimsical and the serious. I'm going to check out your blog!

annell said...

Nice job!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hil-AR-ious! How do you DO this??!! "glove before handling porcupines"....I looked at gloves and saw gloves and came to a full stop....I think upon death you would do humankind a service by donating your brain to science!

I love this one especially much. I will use the porcupine advice as a Note To Self:)

Helen said...

Grand slam home run!!!

Strummed Words said...

Very nice...

Hannah Stephenson said...

Very Decemberist of you! In the best way possible.

Really? Does one have to wear gloves to handle porcupines? How awesome.

Donna B said...

I agree with Izzy...this is very edgy and I love the contrasts. Great job!

Mama Zen said...

You and your endless litany of rules!

Words A Day said...

love this - especially that sharp last line! Very feline!

Marilyn said...

Fantastic words ...I really like this.

Shadow said...

i love your mind. i'd love to put this up in my house...

Tess Kincaid said...

Hah! Very clever. Excellent advice for the New Year.

Trellissimo said...

Reminds me of this chorus to an old song!

All together now, one, two, three
Keep your mind on your driving
Keep your hands on the wheel
Keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead
We're having fun, sitting in the backseat
Kissing and a hugging with Fred

TALON said...

It's good to be back reading your writing, Shay.

That last line had me snorting with laughter :)

signed...bkm said...

Lots of great advice to start the New Year....(especially the mitts off)I am glad its here...ready to get blogging again...Have a great one...glad to have met you this 2010....bkm

kathew said...

yeah! Hands off! Great post!

Everyday Goddess said...

loud and clear.

happy new year!

dear.

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

I loved this...kinda like Ann Landers when she got all bitchy :)

Doctor FTSE said...

Spoken like a true cynic, but beautifully spoken.

katrin said...

i forgot how i found you, but i am glad i did.
beautiful poetry!

moondustwriter said...

Well said by someone who has handled the porcupines of life

Happy New Year Shay

Love from the Moon

TechnoBabe said...

Great, especially the last line. You do have a way with words.
Happy New Year, Shay.

Carrie Burtt said...

Wait a minute let me go get my notebook!...This is brilliant Shay! You always have such a unique way of saying things in a whole new way! I love it!! :-)
Happy New Year! :-)