Saturday, July 31, 2010

Allons Nous

Bertha, the place is burning, burning,
And it's just as well--
You were never happy here.

Come down off the roof, girl.
We will glide across the wet lawn like two foaming new ghosts--
Fresh as morning.

Sugar,
You will not miss
The grim-faced help bringing tainted chicken soup.
You will not miss
All the new wives with their tiresome luggage.
You will not even miss your husband--
He loved his dog better than you.

Madwoman nothin'.
Come, we'll hit the early sales.
Whatever it is,
I will kiss it better.
Whatever it is,
There's an endorphin for that.

Bertha, the place is burning, burning,
And yet the outside air is so sweet--
Dearie, you were never any madder
Or one bit crazier
Than me.
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for Willow's Magpie 25

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31 comments:

Brian Miller said...

foaming new ghosts...yikes! the place is burning! a fun bit of madness there shay...

Lynn said...

I like that bit of madness. :) Bertha needs to let that guy go.

Berowne said...

Nice take on the Magpie; congratulations.

Ily said...

Bertha sounds hurt and conflicted, but someone like you can help her turn her life around.

PS - Crazy is good! :)

Jingle said...

magical!

TechnoBabe said...

Bertha has a soul mate. Cool.

TALON said...

A man that loves his dog more than his wife - not a keeper!

I can't help thinking arson, arson, arson...

Madness abounds and overflows. The "foaming ghosts" is gonna stick with me, Shay.

phil said...


Wonderful!

Helen said...

Original and quite unique! I enjoyed reading your Magpie...

Words A Day said...

"Foaming new ghosts
-
fresh as morning"

I really love your words, the rhythm and voice of the poem,

"madwoman nothin'"

This is a wonderful fresh sassy read.

Cloudia said...

good work







Aloha from Waikiki

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Riot Kitty said...

I like it!

Senorita said...

There's an endorphin for everything....

Claudia said...

..the place is burning, burning - wow - love the bit of "whimsical" feel in your poem - it's amazing!
have a great sunday shay

RA said...

Loved the madness in it. :)

Mama Zen said...

I love this! I just reread Jane a week or so ago.

annell said...

Good one! And is fire blossom like fire weed? Is it the same?

Felicitas said...

It's madness! Sweet and imaginative - I love it!

Sam Liu said...

There is something about this poem, a certain something that moves and inspires and stirs the soul. This is beautifully written, the dialogue is poignant and endearingly profound.

kathew said...

this is fabulous! Love its craziness and simultaneous sanity.

Lyn said...

Absolutely never look back...freedom comes in original ways..Very nice!

signed...bkm said...

Brillant reminds me of Jane Eyre - and the mad woman on the roof...insanity -it keeps itself under wrap until the fire starts...then we all need to be rescued - usually from our self...Great Magpie....bkm

willow said...

Fun-fun!! I loved this!

AngelMay said...

Very nice - and quite enjoyable.

Mojo said...

(humming) Alice it's my turn today.

"There's an endorphin for that"... I love it!

Tumblewords: said...

Wild, wild! Fun read, truly...

Patience said...

Oooo, so fantastic! I totally think this one and "The Girl Who Dreamt of Polar Bears," (dont know if I have the title right) are an awesome start to a dream, dillusional, wonderful collection that i would totally buy if you got published. love this type of crazy, beautiful story poems.

kavisionz said...

It was an eye-opener of a read! Cold(inspite of the fire)!!
Some very intense emotions here...

RNSANE said...

Yes, Bertha, times awasting, get the hell out of dodge...have some fun and, by all means, shop while Rome burns!

Caty said...

love your way with words...this was fun and maddening :) Great magpie!

ninotaziz said...

Burning bright.