sweet tea & hemlock

Posted: 09/27/2017 in house of change, house of women

i’m sweet tea and hemlock,

a little bit of three in the afternoon in my house full of

dust bunnies and dylan cranked to crack the china,

or

i might take a book out to my queenly throne

in the suicide rose garden,

with its au-gust reception line of neighborhood cats

mer-rowing views your type can never quite work out.

i’m an emerald isle

shanty irish

corned beef and semtex kind of girl,

sun dappled, dozing, day late and dollar short diva

too cool for school,

too old for bullshit,

an old molly you’ll never notice enough to describe later to those nice young men

with their notepads and a 5-minute o.k. from the intern who saved your life.

_____

for this one’s for you.

Comments
  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice description and sound: “dylan cranked to crack the china”

  2. lillian says:

    Oh my. I am an emerald too. This post is absolutely visceral…I can feel the rawness of emotions here…and these lines:
    “sun dappled, dozing, day late and dollar short diva” LOVE these words.
    “From the intern who saved your life” — these words make me think there is more here to this story…more words that are left in the air, that we cannot see.
    So very glad you posted to the prompt!

  3. Vivian Zems says:

    Hello Emerald! I like the sassiness in this poem. What’s the reference to the life-saving intern?

  4. “Corned beef and semtex kind of girl”- hell yeah!

  5. I think we may be soul sisters! This was a fascinating write.

  6. Love this – all those contrasting images and metaphors. Being our own opposites with venom in the sweetness. Makes me think of Neruda’s poetry

  7. hedgewitch says:

    An emerald aisle indeed, to walk down at one’s peril, I feel, straight to the suicide rose garden. This made me smile with its swagger, even though the humor is of the black variety. Love the way coal can turn a phrase to a plastic explosive.

  8. marley raine says:

    I love the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) image here:

    “i might take a book out to my queenly throne

    in the suicide rose garden” … “Take out” as in carry it with you, as in take it on a date, or as in kill it.

    More faves:

    “a little bit of three in the afternoon”
    “au-gust” … Gold gust (as opposed to gold dust). Also “awe” and/or “aww.” “August” as in “higher than.” “Smartie cats.”
    “mer-rowing views your type can never quite work out”
    “i’m an emerald isle
    shanty irish” … My major fave. Of course you are. I love how close this is to “iris.” (Eye color. Flower. The writer. Iris Murdoch.) Shanty eyes. Phenomenal concept. But they’re purple and green swirls, so they’re broken down but gorgeous. (I know this is just my wild thoughts, doing their thing, but I like them.)

  9. marley raine says:

    “semtex kind of girl” … Had to look up “semtex,” but I first saw a semi-Texas girl, which you are.

    “too cool for school,
    too old for bullshit” … Love that. This too:
    “an old molly you’ll never notice enough”

    The way you drove home your very clear point at the end is just fabulous!

    “with their notepads and a 5-minute o.k.” … Being questioned by the cops who will arrive at the scene.

    Idiot intern. 😛 Seems like you knew it was gonna go that way, though; you probably planned it all along — to take them both out.

  10. High-flyin’, no bullshit poem. Love it!

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