Monday, August 6, 2012

Ouija Circle South

He hadn't been there to see, and so didn't believe
in the empty, loss-scented envelopes
that arrived each day by post.

Each pastel,
each precious
as a past nursery rhyme.

He said, "you are excitable,
hysterical,
to believe we have a ghost."

and my mind saw my womb
wandering waste
in the night.
_____

for Real Toads Open Link Monday

This form is called a Shayzen poem. Combining the undisciplined, scattershot doubletalk of Fireblossom with the stingy taciturn snotty monosyllables of Mama Zen, this form has been hailed by the avant garde even as it has been panned by the literary establishment. The Shayzen can be used to get stains out of carpets, it can rid your dog of bothersome fleas and ticks, and can even be worn as a fragrance. Do not read Shayzens near an open flame. Talk to your doctor about Shayzens. It's our form. Eat your hearts out. You may now touch the hem of our garments.
 


 

15 comments:

Mama Zen said...

A couple of no talent hacks if you ask me!

Daryl said...

oh boy ... double trouble .. and hem kissing .. as long as you're down there .. ;)

hedgewitch said...

I am assuming this was a collaborative effort? Anyway, special indeed, and your description does it no more than justice.

TexWisGirl said...

i'm laughing at the product info. :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Envelopes scented with loss, nursery rhyme forgotten in the past, and a wasted womb wandering... this is so damn sad!

Hannah Stephenson said...

I love your ghostly collaboration and invented form! And this is a great Devotchka song....

Susan said...

Cut and pasted from Mama Zen's page:

Humor aside: I have never had a benign or a sympathetic ouija board presence so I empathize with the opposition to "him" in the mind and womb that are present to the haunting and precious waste.

Haunting music too, children's laughter.

(I adore shayzens, but I already kissed Mama Zen's hem--sorry!)

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Love the Shayzen form - very choice in title to the SHAZAM! form I've grown to love so much.

I love the brevity of this piece, it's like a sketch where one is given just enough to excite the imagination. Well done.

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the Shayzen form, and this phrase: "empty, loss-scented envelopes" while the last stanza will haunt me forever.
K

Sioux said...

I'll say it again--the Shayzen form is sure to become a classic...

HermanTurnip said...

Oddly enough, after reading that poem my bathroom tile was sparkling clean and my breath had a hint of minty freshness.

razzamadazzle said...

Wow! So sad.

Abin Chakraborty said...

the last stanza was stunning...as well as the loss-scented envelopes.

poetryinverse said...

Enchanting poem!

myheartslovesongs.com said...

{{eating my heart out as i type}}

LOVE this! i hope we see more Shayzens soon!!!