Sunday, October 1, 2017

Honey

She bathed
five times
in the honeyed stomach of September
and let chaos crown her wild
nest of titian hair.
Pomegranates wept:
truth or dare?

She smiled -
seeds stuck
in her teeth.

Inspired by the "honey" word list and Marley Raine and submitted to Poetry Pantry at Poets United.

17 comments:

Sherry Marr said...

Oh my goodness, I cant tell you how much I love this. I would have to quote the entire thing......the pomegranates weeping and the seeds in her teeth are especially glorious. LOVE the "honeyed stomach of September". This was a feast, kiddo.

Mary said...

Oh how I hate seeds stuck in my teeth!

brudberg said...

The honeyed stomach of September... that's a perfect place to be.

R.K. Garon said...

I thought that was funny and great... did I miss something?
:)
ZQ

J. T said...

Maybe I should buy a pomegranate for the first time and eat it while rereading your piece here. who knows? I just might come up with a equally wonderful write. Good day!

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

I love the honeyed stomach of September...a perfect description of autumn for me!

indybev said...


This is a little jewel of a poem, with a lead-in "honeyed stomach of September" that captured us all, ending with impudent seeds in the teeth. Well done!

said...

I don't even know what to say. It's amazing. That's just about the best opening ever (the first three lines; the whole first stanza).

This poem makes me think of Pippi Longstocking. :)

~marley

said...

Dang, that ending is really killer, MZ.

Magaly Guerrero said...

To be crowned by chaos! What a queen... I love this.

Sioux Roslawski said...

MZ--The whole thing is--as usual for you--brilliant.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Now we know she is caught forever – by choice.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

It's that smile that gets me. Floss! Floss to the rescue!

Wendy Bourke said...

The word play in the first stanza is truly enchanting and sets up the smile-to-come - beautifully - in the second stanza. I loved this little gem of a poem.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Aghhh! That third line! I could not think how to use the honey stomach but you have included it in the most brilliant way.

Susan said...

Truth, for sure. Daring to show the whole truth. This sticks with me.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Lovely words, truly brilliant. And the seeds...!
Anna :o]