Friday, April 7, 2017

Bark

Tree Girl with Woodpeckers (1960)
Kaoro Kawano

All bark and no bite -
that's the story of my life.

Rooted in place no matter
how rude the circumstance
or crass the company.  Fertilized
with bullshit.  Bladed by boys
to impress girls and scarred
long after C ceased
to LUV T 4-EVER.

This is not a smile -
it is a rictus, and it aches.
Beaks buried to my sap: tap, tap, tap.
Tap, tap, tap.  I've heard voices say
the shade is nice this time of year.
My face stays tilted to the sun,
my branches martyred.

For Kerry's prompt at Real Toads

10 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

WOW! I am speechless. How women feel that incessant tap tap tap...how often our smile is a rictus. Fantastic!

Kerry O'Connor said...

You got under the skin of this print, MZ.
Fertilized with bullshit. The carved memento of love, The face turned to the sun.
All comes together in a beautiful portrait of neo-feminism.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I'm completely taken by the phrase "Fertilized/with bullshit." It's just so... now.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh this is such an evocative write, MZ especially drawn by; "I've heard voices say the shade is nice this time of year. My face stays tilted to the sun, my branches martyred."

paulscribbles said...

I'm with all of the above and sense the endurance in this piece.

Gillena Cox said...

"This is not a smile -
it is a rictus, and it aches"

Gorgeous lines!!!

much love...

De said...

"This is not a smile -
it is a rictus, and it aches"

Stunning work here. I love the viewpoint in this, and the words you've chosen, staccato, like those tap-tap-tappings.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I had the same kind of reaction to this picture and its title, and didn't want to deal with it so I ran away and found something else. I am glad you have dealt with it so brilliantly!

grapeling said...

with brevity and clarity you reveal so much, MZ

Susie Clevenger said...

A big dose of reality with this one. "Fertilized with bullshit" So so true