Friday, December 9, 2011

Checked Out

Little black dress,
new bag,
bee-stung lips.

Perfect French nails,
blow out,
Fuck Me heels.

To die for--
she got that look
to die for, girl.

I saw her kiss another girl--
total dyke.
Lookit that Barbie girl--
not dyke enough.

To die for--
she got that look
to die for, girl.

I saw her kiss a guy--
makes my skin crawl.
Maybe she not a wise enough girl--
maybe she not a girl at all.

To die for--
she got that look
to die for, girl.

Torn black dress,
empty bag,
split-open lip.

Broken off nails,
she bleed out,
how's that feel?

To die for--
she got that look
to die for, girl.
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written for my new feature "Fireblossom Fridays" at The Imaginary Garden With Real Toads.
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31 comments:

Sheila Moore said...

bloody gruesome, Shay. shocking, and that apple - whoah!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Shock poetry is needed to cry out against any and all hate crimes. Your words speak for those who are silent.

The age of prejudice should have ended in the 20th Century, under the guidance of Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, but sadly we know that the bigots live among us, teaching bigotry to their children.
So it goes.

hedgewitch said...

Rough one, but I echo Kerry--rough subjects and deep wrongs have to be dealt with honestly and openly. This one really makes the pain real.

Abin Chakraborty said...

the combo of the picture and the poem makes a pretty grisly combination.but then again, reality is often even worse.packs a punch, this one.

Lynn said...

Wow - that's powerful writing, Shay.

Sioux said...

The poem set up the video, which packed a powerful punch. The quotes by James Baldwin and Dr. King...all the faces of those who are lost forever...the names of those who are hopefully NOT forgotten...

Why are people killed over this? What kind of "threat" are they? Why can't we all just live our own lives? I will never understand...

blueoran said...

Dunno what's more terrifying, the whited-out out apple or all the raspberry gules staining it ... and that's the rub about appearance,s that the visual, mental and sexual planes can triangulate in a "look to die for," which ironically many do, of. What if such a look could attract all sexual permutations, be the shore where they meet and greet and take off from, in some combination of rabid desire and terror of annihilation? Hmmmm. - Brendan

Brian Miller said...

hot, like a sledge hammer shay...and a little disturbing...but in the face for sure...very nicely done...

fireblossom friday was very nice as well...great prompt...

Laurie Kolp said...

I'm SO glad you're going to be contributing with Fireblossom Fridays, Shay. You've entered with a bang. I'm speechless!

Caty said...

Can't watch the video cause I'm at work...will have to come back...but your words slammed the point across. Hatred is such an ugly disease. ...and the apple picture, holy cow!

Daryl said...

Powerful and sadly necessary ... when will 'they' learn love knows no boundaries .. and love doesnt hurt anyone (okay; but not in the way hate does)

ravenpress said...

If you are not Transgendered ... if you are not Gay nor Lesbian ... if you are not Bisexual ... but you find that you have an inexplicable love for this community ... or if the video wracked you with convulsive crying, then this is a community where you should volunteer your time and your love. It is something that is so needed and will continue to be needed until there is no longer any prejudice.

Fire Blossom ... you have a beautiful soul. I too am glad that you are taking Fridays. How wonderful focus all here.

A silly aside. I have read some of your wonderful stories. I have wanted to comment, but I could never find a place to comment. I am so literal that apparently I looked at this lovely sort of "cursive" printing and just didn't get it (for commenting) until now.

This piece broke my heart. Liz (Old Raven)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So powerful, Shay, speaking for those whose voices have been silenced for simply being who they are. A very important subject. Thanks so much for this. The video is heartbreaking. But firms the reader's resolve to continue to oppose this unacceptable form of hatred.

I am STOKED about Fireblossom Fridays. TOAD-ally!!!!!

ellen abbott said...

right there.

Susie Clevenger said...

Your words so chilling...thing we need to hear. Prejudice in any form is horrific. We who write from our souls need to speak for those who have no voice...those who have had it taken by hate acted upon them...My tears are not enough for the tragedy of prejudice.

Marian said...

i'd like to chant this while marching.

Kay L. Davies said...

This is stunning in its simplicity and horror, Shay. We never know where arrivals and departures will take us, do we?
I've been away, visiting family and friends, and am so glad to be back to posting and commenting on Real Toads again. Fireblossom Fridays are bound to be interesting!

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Cloudia said...

You GET it.

Thanks

Philip Thrift said...

Strongly written.

Dave King said...

Wonderful! A joy to read - every line of it.

Grandmother said...

This poem was brave and sad and ended just the people in the video. They went together perfectly and speak for those who , for sure, don't deserve to die. Brava.

Mama Zen said...

Powerful piece. Really powerful and sad.

Mary said...

Neat that you will be contributing to RT. This poem blew me away...heartbreaking. Wish so many people were not so cruel.

Helen said...

This powerful piece took me back to the film 'Boys Don't Cry' ... your words echo truth.

Heaven said...

Powerful write Shay ~

Thanks for hosting this prompt ~

Lolamouse said...

Threw me a curve ball with this one! Didn't expect it to go where it did but it's somewhere we all need to go. You're awesome, girl!

TALON said...

ohhhh...this is just...to die for writing, Shay.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Brilliant poem, in the way it gradually changes the meaning of 'to die for', moving from jazzy and light-hearted to shocking and serious. The video is very sad and horrifying. 'Why so much hate?' I don't understand it!

myheartslovesongs said...

wow! you nailed it, Shay! if only we could wish away all the hate in the world.

great post at imaginary garden!

cosmos cami said...

Wild, vivid, incredible imagery. Very well done!
Brings to mind the Gus van Sant film.
Thank you for your generous comment left on my Monday Toad link. Made my day!

Lydia said...

Heartbreaking. Put me in a trance, then broke my heart.