Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tough

I've got whip stitch lips and a sea salt tongue;
I'm a girl too tough to cry.
Ugly as the baby bird
the old tomcat left behind.

You can love me with the lights off.
Then you can leave me in the dark.
I'm a girl too tough to die
from a silly broken heart.

55 words for Kerry at Real Toads

17 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Powerful emotions in this wonderful piece :D
xoxo

Gail said...

What a statement!!! As the tears fall, methinks.

I loved it.

Kerry O'Connor said...

You had me from the first line!

Not that I imagine Mama Zen in such terms at all. The toughness, yes, the ugliness, nope.

;-)

Fireblossom said...

Not so tough, I think. I love love love the lines about the tomcat and the baby bird.

De said...

Awesome. I love this.

Björn Rudberg said...

Nothing bad about darkness, but I doubt you need it.. The tomcat is a wonderful line,

Sioux said...

Mama Zen--I agree with Kerry. Who said you were ugly or made you feel like you were ugly? Give me a name and an address and I'll beat them up.

The whole thing--every line--is incredible.

Susie Clevenger said...

Wow! This is keeping it real. More power to that strong girl.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Yes, no ugliness possible, just a laser intellect and a whole lot of talent!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow!

grapeling said...

perfect. as ever ~

Hannah said...

Such a complete persona gathered in so few and moving!! Excellent as always, MZ!

Jim said...

O Golly, Mom Zee. You bring back memories. It happens.
You showed a deeper side than comes through in ordinary life.
..

Gillena Cox said...

im sorry she dosent cry though

much love...

Outlawyer said...

Ha--I agree with Kerry--a captivating poem, though I imagine you as quite beautiful! Actually, I feel pretty sure of that somehow. k.

Out of Sight L said...

yes indeed, been there...you've never shown your face , and you don't need to, I think your beautiful whether you're a princess or a toad...to me You're Mama Zen! the rest, irrelevant

Shawna said...

This is excellent. I love the opening two lines of each stanza.

I like that the title means both "I'm tough" and "You don't like it? Well tough!"

"whip stitch lips" That's really powerful.