Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Simple

We are simple, really.

When the loudmouth neighborhood dog barks at 4 AM,
we want to know that we aren't the only one
awake and pissed.

When our hated high school rival of twenty years ago crosses our path at Target,
we want to see that she's aged badly
and her kids are ugly.

We want
the opposing quarterback on a stretcher,
an artfully stolen parking place,
and occasional sex in positions
(unsanctioned by any missionary)
where we come first.

Simple, really,

the petty offerings
that serve to sate
the complicated appetites
of our darker gods.

For Open Link Night at dVerse

29 comments:

Teresa said...

What a great tribute to those darker gods! Deliciously wicked and truthful!

Daydreamertoo said...

Ahh... yes. Vengeance is mine sayeth MZ LOL
Missionaries reading about positions untried, close your eyes....
Loved it!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

This was wonderful - my pettiness always wants to have written better than you, but I remain humbled. :) This was perfect. Love, Moskowitz

Tara R. said...

It really is quite simple.

Sylvia K said...

I do love the wicked truth!!

Brian Miller said...

hehe i am guilty....filmed a football game at my alma mater last weekend....and made sure to point out to my wife a few of those i went to school with...the cool kids...dang they look old now...

hedgewitch said...

Yes, we start as infants so complicated and unsorted out and unable to conceive of evil, but every year we age it gets simpler and easier. Old age should be about reverting, but seldom is. A finely chiseled bust of nasty here, MZ.

Gail said...

You summed up my wants very nicely.

Mary said...

There is a lot to be said for 'simple.'

mrs mediocrity said...

ha, yes, guilty as charged. great close!

Grace said...

Simple and petty, yes that's me too ~

Good one MZ ~

Fireblossom said...

Scraping away the sugar and spice to find the venom and the vice. A perceptive, dark, well-turned poem this is, MZ.

PS--but we do look fetching on our brooms.

ayala said...

Dark and great !

Kim Nelson said...

You shined the light down the dark, dusty hallways and illuminated the base in most of us. Simple. Yes. But also hard as hell to rectify.

Laurie Kolp said...

Yes, those darker gods are naughty aren't they?

Margaret said...

I snorted reading this. And why do you suppose? Because, perhaps, I recognized a bit of me in this? Hmm....

my heart's love songs said...

oh, i love that!

"the complicated appetites
of our darker gods."

this is a wonderfully wicked piece, MZ!

colleen said...

Great revealing of the dark side that we all share!

Fred Rutherford said...

amazing MZ. Love the bite in this one. Very nicely drawn.

manicddaily said...

Ha! And some of this is not so simple! Clever and biting and distilled. K.

Archna Sharma said...

Wow, so raw and hearty, yet a simple layer of truth. Love the spice and the dark.

kaykuala said...

Yes MZ! we can be naughty when we want to if it fits the bill! We meant no harm really, just a little fun!

Hank

Christine Rains said...

I really liked this. Dark and honest.

SaraV said...

I love this! It's simple, really--we have the light and then, there's those darker gods...you captured the dark secret fantasies, that no one will admit--out loud :-)

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, you never disappoint! :)

Green Speck said...

This piece has so much truth and honesty in it ... well written !!!

Susan said...

Amen.

The tone here is one of "How hard is this to understand?" so clear that it has been said again and again in many variations just as you specify through your lines-Like "KISS" in sales (Keep it simple, stupid)--but speaking the hearts of many: feed the itch!

"Simple, really,

the petty offerings
that serve to sate
the complicated appetites
of our darker gods."

(Without whom life would be dull indeed!)

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Shawna said...

The last eight lines are my favorites. But it is all very good, of course.

Here is the mini-poem I see hiding in here:

"We are simple, really.

we want to know that we aren't the only one

We want"

Essentially, we want but we are left wanting.