Friday, February 10, 2017

Garden Wall

They stood daddy up
against the garden wall
and shot him through the head for writing against the regime.

Our ginger cat
hid behind the tomato vines.
Its eyes were yellow. The sky was blue. The leaves speckled red on the green.
_____

for "Walls" at Real Toads.

 

14 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Ha, I have been wondering if my name is on a list somewhere. Would not be surprised. The cat's eyes, the red on green, such strong imagery.

Margaret said...

OH... that first line and then the speckled red on green - And everything in between. The sad thing is this is non fiction. Well penned.

grapeling said...

the one fear I have is not that my name is on the list, but that my sons would suffer.

yet.... we have this one life. so I'll speak anyways, bullets be damned. in the long run we're all dead anyways. ~

hedgewitch said...

There is a very classical feel to this, almost as if it were a poster I'd seen and read many times, yet still fresh as blood that hasn't darkened yet--vivid, exquisite and terrifying little poem, Shay.

Cloudia said...

It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things. Mallarme

Kerry O'Connor said...

I rise to my feet and clap my hands!

Brilliant.

Marian said...

Yes, yes. And that kind of shit always happens on the beautiful days.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

My goodness this is so vivid!!

Iris said...

I love what you did with "on the green," placing this on a (bloodied, as I see it) golf course. I also see a touch of the red paint (on the leaves) from Alice in Wonderland.

This is my favorite part:
"Our ginger cat
hid behind the tomato vines."

That sounds like one smart cat.

I also like all the ways the opening line can be read.

Sara McNulty said...

This is amazing, Shay. The brevity and colors all stand out clearly.

Mama Zen said...

This is outstanding. The matter of fact tone makes it twice as chilling.

Susie Clevenger said...

The tone, the acceptance of the horrific like it was ordinary...So much spoken in such few words.

Lynn said...

The shift in this is amazing.

Jennifer Wagner said...

Whew. Tight and potent.