Friday, June 5, 2015

Normal


By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
--- Rabindranath Tagore

He cupped my pussy
when he taught me to drive;
countryside blurred at the windows,
and my skinny legs straddling the stick.

Quiet,
calm,
he talked me through the shifts.

"Good girl, good girl, that's it."
1st gear, 2nd gear, third.
All perfectly normal,
if normal's just a word.

For Susie's prompt at Real Toads

26 comments:

Helen said...

Chilling in its honesty.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I have few words in me this week, but your poem needs nothing but its own voice.

X said...

The quote adds a different element to this.

I guess it depends on who is doing the teaching. This made me feel it was an adult, maybe a dad -- and that is stomach turning. And to make them think it normal, all the worse.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! Chilling honesty it is indeed and I'm so glad my kids are grown and had a wonderful father!!!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Floored. Not what I expected. Brave and brilliant.

hedgewitch said...

The economy of expression only emphasizes the stark brutality of this--I've always thought that quote rather insipid--you make a point with it that stabs like a dagger.

Sioux said...

MZ--Our writing group has a phrase--HFFF

Holy Flying ___ Fish!

Susan said...

I saw a play about this called "How I learned to Drive." Your poem brings that hour and a half down to less than half a minute. I hate predators. Apparently normal is just a word.

Gail said...

Oh, my!

Children just don't know...

Marion Lawless said...

If this is true, it's horrendous. If it's not true, it's vile & horrendous. I speak from a place of much abuse in my family. Not exactly the stuff of poems, IMO. :-/

Fireblossom said...

I'm with Susan; I hate predators. They are a particularly vile variety of evil. This poem gives the lie to all the soft-pedaling surrounding that Duggar asshole.

brudberg said...

I think when normal is just a word anything disgusting becomes normal.. let the petals stay on the flower.

grapeling said...

stark and terrible. stunning pen, MZ ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A shocker - as it should and must be. (And I am reminded of my favourite bumper sticker: WRITERS have the last word.)

Lolamouse said...

Raw and chilling.

Gillena Cox said...

Its been said but I can reiterate. I hate predators. That quote of Tagore's served to be quite an eye opener prefacing your poem. a brave frank write

Much love...
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Margaret said...

No words. You just have my awe in the power of your words.

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a stark, painful piece. Your words are a window into the dark nightshade of abuse. Thanks so much for lending your voice to the challenge.

blueoran said...

Men in the cups of their desire drone this way -- cooing not to a partner but unpetaling for a roar. Calmly. All normal. You highwire the violation perfectly.

kaykuala said...

Parents never knew about such abuses and the daughter was not telling in most cases and suffered in silence! Driving instructors do take advantage! Brave write MZ!

Hank

Outlawyer said...

Hey MZ. Your lack of commentary here, except for the brief and rather noncommittal, last line, makes the poem more powerful. You manage to squeeze in telling details that make the scene very real despite the compression. Agh. I hate these people. k.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Spine chilling..!

Rommy said...

A particularly brutal response to what was, on the surface, a very non threatening prompt. Possibly one of the more horrifying, but well-written and memorable, things I've read in awhile.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I'm with Rosemary. Writers have the last word. Bravely written, and strongly survived.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I'm with Rosemary. Writers have the last word. Bravely written, and strongly survived.

De said...

Whew. Powerful words here. The word "normal" is chilling.