Sunday, December 13, 2015

Catholic Girl On The Loose

Sans shoes,
sans pants,
I am Joan
saving France.

Behold my pennant, my purpose, Saint Margaret and Saint Cat;
bold as bread made from molasses, unshorn hair as plain and black.

Bonjour English
A bientot--
teach you Francais
when I grow.
_____

Ten lines for Kerry's micro-challenge at Real Toads.

Image: "The Flag" by Thomas Cooper Gotch, 1910.

"A bientot" = "see you soon"

 

16 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

The title made me smile........the poem is perfection.

brudberg said...

Sometimes it only take that single girl to change the course of history.

hedgewitch said...

Quite a catechism of the saints and sins of childhood so soon outgrown (and then as a sinister Mad Scientist once said, it's 'God Bless Lily St Cyr..') which are after all, the noblest and most innocent we ever have. Charming in every way, Shay--this pic also made me think of Joan.

grapeling said...

cool, Shay ~

Sioux said...

Curiously, I went through a "saint" phase, reading all about them, even though I am not Catholic.

Of course, Joan of Arc was my favorite.

Your poem brought back a flood of memories...

Margaret said...

...could play jump rope rhyme with this at recess - wonder if the nuns would like it? Intriguing and the painting as well - obviously a brave soul - does remind me of Joan of Arc... quite the gaze she has...

Gillena Cox said...

who are the heroes and who are the innocents in our world, a question well posed

much love...

Kerry O'Connor said...

France has always been the arena of battles and war.. sadly it is still so in this very year!

Love this ditty, with all the flavour of a traditional song.

Debi Swim said...

Those first four lines hint at a story of childhood innocence and perhaps a manipulation of that innocence we still see today in the world.

Outlawyer said...

Ah, charming--k.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Delightful. I love bold as bread made from molasses.

Marian said...

Smile :)

Lynn said...

Awesome - love the title. :)

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I'll throw your name into the canonization game... Hell, you're better than Junipero Serra any day.

Mama Zen said...

I really like the rhythm of this.

Sioux said...

Shay--I am doing a "challenge" where I'm thanking my blogging friends, so here goes:

Shay:

Thanks for amazing me on a daily (and sometimes twice-daily) basis.
Thanks for pissing me off with your astonishing poems. No matter how hard I try, I can't even get in the same ballpark as you...

... but most importantly, thanks for writing. For sharing bits of you. For tearing off strips of your flesh and exposing your pain and your joy. For emerging from some hellish experiences and coming out stronger.

To paraphrase Tom Cruise in "Jerry McGuire," you (help) complete me...