Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sprees Macready

Sprees Macready
was a fearsome dame.
She could sling dirty water and call it champagne.
And, no outsider had the guts to complain
to Sprees Macready.

She had a body built for paint on a bomber's nose
and no use for a man
in civilian clothes.
You had to be at least Reserves for an intimate dose
of Sprees Macready.

One day she boarded up the windows of the USO.
Said life on the home front
was dragging too slow.
"Over there" was the action; she had to go
away, and, you know . . .

that part of history
ain't been written yet.
But, my bet's
on Sprees Macready.

The Sunday Whirl words for Open Link Night at dVerse

Hedgewitch, Fireblossom, and I have a book available for Kindle!  Beat the rush and check it out!

35 comments:

Claudia said...

whew she sounds like quite the character..ha..my bet's on her as well

Mary said...

This woman has gumption!

aprille said...

Sing to the tune of Hard-hearted Hannah.
'd love to hear you sing it.

Yiota Luyu Ladybird said...

Love that! And I love her! :) quite a character, this lady :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Sounds like quite a character... and congrats on the book!

Brian Miller said...

ha....what a cool bit of song...makes me think of a bar song....the slinging water and calling it champagne and the paint on the front of the plane are my fav parts....she sounds like quite the character...

mrs mediocrity said...

Love the character in this, and the cadence as well. Congrats on the book!!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Sounds like a character worth knowing. Cool verse.

emmett wheatfall said...

An absolutely beautiful piece of period poetry. You take the reader back to a time and place quickly being forgotten. God bless the USO.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

An interesting character, well captured in verse.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

And darn it, I don't have an e-reader yet but congratulations on the book. Any hard copies available anywhere?

Brudberg said...

Ha, I love this lady.. But I bet she would brush me off ;-)

Sylvia K said...

Perfect!! I love it!! You are the best, MZ!!

ayala said...

Quite a woman!

alicekeysmd said...

Brilliant characterization. Even her name is perfect. Nicely rhythmic so it almost wants to be limericks. ( I LOVE limericks).

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Yes! Kick Ass Good! I'm in Love with Sprees Macready! Excellent **** (that be four stars, Madame Poet!)

thanks for the reminder of what poetry is supposed to do to me,
love, Moskowitz

flaubert said...

Love this tale, mama. Sprees Mcready is quite a character. I should have known this was the wordle from Sunday after seeing "sprees", nice work hiding the words.

Pamela

Fireblossom said...

Any relation to Kinky St. Curvaceous?

I love the first three lines the best!

henry clemmons said...

Great chracterization. This just sings.

rowantaw.com said...

This makes me want to sing in a raucous, rawdy way!

Manicddaily said...

Your use of the name in the drawled last lines of most of the stanzas is such a terrific device and works wonderfully, MZ. I too don't know how the women will work out but I am betting on them. This is terrific. k.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is great writing! This is a sharp line: She could sling dirty water and call it champagne.

-sir face

Bodhirose said...

"She had a body built for paint on a bomber's nose"...that line says it all... I'm betting on Sprees. Loved every word.

Arron Shilling said...

She had a body built for paint on a bomber's nose: oh man, thats a classic line right there! This is a Kick-ass piece to match the cracking character of your awesome protaganist: proper POW!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent! I chickened out of the Wordle...

Anna :o]

aka_andrea said...

what a sassy dame! love to meet her!

hedgewitch said...

This reminds me of Robert Service--Dangerous Dan McGrew? Only much more femininely fun. Lots of great lines but I especially like the second stanza.

dragyonfly said...

Gritty and raw....Sprees sounds like a gal who could make her own way.

ninotaziz said...

Congatulations Mama Zen.

And is Sprees Mcready the owner of the fab cat thief, Slinky Malinky?

Grace said...

She is a fearsome one, terrific piece MZ ~

Congrats on the published book ~

rumoursofrhyme said...

She sounds like quite a character! You could write a whole series of books about her adventures MZ :-)

Sabio Lantz said...

Having worked with the military -- I know this dame.
Unfortunately, I never wore the uniform so she thought I was lame.

Marina Sofia said...

Brilliant - a rollicking ballad, sung by a modern-day troubadour, that's what this reminded me of! Why do we get so few of those nowadays?

Susan said...

Fun. Do we get the next episode?

Wolfsrosebud said...

congrats on the book... not sure why i keep missing you at dVerse