Friday, May 11, 2012

To Be Continued

I'm the hero of this little lore.
I've never been a damsel.

In chapter one,
I climbed from the pit
like ivy climbs a wall.
Every sinew straining,
hands full of thistle,
I cleared the edge
just as the first tongues of lava
licked the soles of my boots.
I survived for a time by
living in a lean-to on the beach,
eating eucalyptus leaves,
and drinking coconut milk.

In chapter four,
I found myself tied
to the trunk of a mulberry tree.
But I am liquid willow,
and with feline grace
I freed myself
before my fingers grew numb and useless.
Then, I blew through town like a tumbleweed
in a bad western.

Finally, in chapter nine,
I came face to face
with evil's spawn.
The imp stank of rye
and rot,
and I rammed my elbow
repeatedly
into regions best unmentioned
until I could flee
south
into the arms of the alto wind.

And, here I am.

I know sienna from burnt umber.
I know onyx from opal.
I have never bruised the peach
or bent the tulip's stem.
I wear miracles
like jade prayer beads on a string.

I am the hero of this little lore.
I have never been a damsel.

With Shawna's Bonus Words

25 comments:

Shawna said...

"I have never been a damsel." What a great theme.

Oh my, these are two of the best poetic pairings ever: "liquid willow" and "alto wind"

I like the way you use your elbows. And I look forward to reading part 2.

Sylvia K said...

No, no damsel here either. I love it, of course, and as always,your words paint the perfect picture.

Brian Miller said...

still wincing from thoughts of the elbow...smiles...its good to be able to take care of oneself you know....smiles....

Daydreamertoo said...

LOL ...Nice to be the HERO!

PattiKen said...

Damsels are always "in distress," right? With a story like that, you are more apt to be the heroine who rides in on a dragon to rescue the "dude in distress." Damsel? Pffft.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

Be the hero...it's the best way, the only way to be and to survive.

chromapoesy.com said...

I too love the pairings that Shawna picked out but am also enamored with the color stanza, always a pleasure to read your fine work.

ayala said...

Good to be independent :) Nice write :)

Fireblossom said...

...and you make a fucking fine hero, MZ.

kaykuala said...

A damsel yes, but not in distress. More of one having 9 lives, MZ. Great write!


Hank

Fred Rutherford said...

Very neat MZ. Love the way you arranged the words. and just love the ending stanza(s) here. Great piece. Thanks

Anne Katherine said...

That is one tough chick! Love the story you told w/ these words, and the character you created!

Hannah said...

Mama Zen!!! I love this poem...such fun where you brought us!

This I just really love though:

"I know sienna from burnt umber.
I know onyx from opal.
I have never bruised the peach
or bent the tulip's stem.
I wear miracles
like jade prayer beads on a string."

This part really gets me!! Excellent work!

Mary said...

Good to see a poem about a hero (who is not a damsel), as I doubt any damsels (such an odd word) are heroes!

Grace said...

This is superbly written ..it reminds me of the Disney animated movie trailer i saw this afternoon, Brave ~

Hope all is well MZ ~

manicddaily said...

Such a cool poem, MZ - hope it is continued. I love the jade part esp. (I'm sorry not to be more coherent--tired--it is a wonderful poem. ) k.

Dave King said...

I wear miracles
like jade prayer beads on a string.

Clever and entertaining throughout, but in this penultimate stanza it soars.

A fine write.

hedgewitch said...

A tale of coming of age, and some fine language used to tell it.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I always relish one of your longer pieces and this is one to sink the teeth into. Such an imaginative weaving of epic story-line with a creative blend of words.

R.A.D. Stainforth said...

This needs reading very carefully ... Blog of the Month, by the way ...

Laurie Kolp said...

You're on a roll, girl!! I especially like- I blew through town like a tumbleweed
in a bad western.

Happy Mother's Day!

happygirl said...

This is strength and tenacity and valor. It's who I'm not, but I'm glad I know someone who is all this. I really liked this one. :)

Claudia said...

this is gorgeous...love all the images..
living in a lean-to on the beach,
eating eucalyptus leaves,
and drinking coconut milk.... nice...

Tracy Crenshaw said...

I love these lines, "I am the hero of this little lore./ I have never been a damsel" So empowering!

Steve Isaak said...

Timely (in a non-shouty way), good flow, wish I'd written this. Thanks again, for reminding me why I still read (and, on occasion, write) poetry.