Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Feed Me

Feed me a poem
more bitter than sweet.
I have sensitive teeth;
they ache when you sugarcoat.

Bleed me a poem
salty and sure.
Impractically pure.
Poison.  Antidote.

Cure.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

23 comments:

Susan said...

OOOO. My teeth are ringing. This poem is part of the cure.

brudberg said...

Sometimes I really need those dark words.. the bitter, salt and sour not just the sweet..

Sanaa Rizvi said...

The dark elements are beautiful as well as haunting..! Loved it!
xoxo

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I am always so impressed with your economy with words. There is truth and darkness here, mostly truth. Loved.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific -- as always, MZ!!

De said...

Fan-frickin'-tastic.
Just an awesome, awesome piece.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Your poems always absolutely nail it! Every single time.

manicddaily said...


Ah, clever. Sharp. Hope so. K.

Carrie Van Horn said...

Mmmmm this tastes just right! Love it Mama Zen! I think we all crave the dark chocolate of poetry...something that takes us deeper into life's hurts that we all can relate to.

angieinspired said...

MZ,
Agreed.
Pussyfooting is not poetry. Or at least in my book, good poetry.
P.S. Wish I could do more of that.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes indeed! I was reminded of this aphorism (sadly, have forgotten the author):

'We feed you bitter pills in sugar coating. The pills are harmless; the poison is in the sugar.'

Gail said...

You always floor me with your poems!

Sioux said...

This is definitely not milk chocolate but instead, dark chocolate.

Like at least 70% cacao.

blueoran said...

'Twas ole Paracelsus who sd. that the cure most work upon the poison like a fire. Words that either kill or cauterize. Amen.

Marian said...

Impractically pure. Awesome.

Fireblossom said...

Oh, quit showing off, Zen! Some people use more than nine words to make a kickass poem. Not you, nooOOooo. You're good, woman. Let me just slink off and contemplate my newfound baldness.

hedgewitch said...

Yep, that's what they're for--and no one tells it truer than you do here--the rhyme, well--it just kicks ass.

Enigma said...

Love it. As succinct as it is powerful.

Out of Sight L said...

WOW I whistled, hey MZ when you get it, would you share?

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such a perfect recipe for poetry - I concur with your request.

Hannah said...

Goodness...you have such a punch-y way of bringing truths...unique and fresh, MZ...always!

rallentanda said...

I find myself a little bruised after reading too much Kick Ass poetry and feel a need for respite into something a bit softer on occasion.
Good poem !

Gabriella said...

Very effective poem. I particularly like the second stanza and the line breaks.