Friday, June 20, 2014

Made In China

Keep the tea set your mother gave us.
I'm not lady enough
to use it.
Keep those statues from the thrift store -
those terra cotta muses
of our division

ugly as the past.

I'm taking the panda
I won at the state fair
when you just handed me the money
and I filled the air
with balls that broke the bottles
made in China -

not made to last.

For Hannah's prompt at Real Toads

15 comments:

Susan said...

"those terra cotta muses
of our division"

. . . for a couple, for a partner in international trade, for better that became worse--WOW.

Arushi Ahuja said...

"made in china not made to last!! " is used as a joke quite often in my place !! haha!!

Arushi Ahuja said...

"made in china not made to last!! " is used as a joke quite often in my place !! haha!!

Hannah said...

I love the way you wove the elements featured at the challenge together, Mama Zen! So separate and yet they fit like nesting dolls into this poem you've created. It's always such a pleasure to read you...thank you for joining!

Sioux said...

Mama Zen--I loved the way you used white space (or rather black space, when it comes to your blog).

You can do it shorter and better than anybody.

Fireblossom said...

You always did have the good arm. I love the way you worked all the images in to a fully original break-up (and split the shit up) poem.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Some things are definitely not made to last. This is such an ideal mash-up!

Marion said...

"...not made to last." What a perfect summing up of a super write. xo

jo-hanna said...

I wear sox made in china that don't last one washing, and I have hankies made in china half a century ago that are still gorgeously intricate and beautiful. Thereby hangs a tale.

Ella said...

Slam dunk~ This says it all!

Gillena Cox said...

i'm reading, break-up, separation, and some one's not to happy about the past

Happens! nicely presented


much love...

Margaret said...

I adore this … and only hope that this is a poem not taken from your personal experience. The tone, the imagery is so raw. Well done.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh wow - a ka-pow poem that knocks it right out of the park. Loved it....."not made to last."

cosmos cami said...

Fascinating!
"Thems fighting words" comes to mind.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Not made to last. Sums it up.