Hello Poetry, Hello Friday
I'm a tad grumpy. My technology didn't work perfectly today. My brain didn't remember everything and, my house feels too small for all the people that work and live in it.
I'm glad for Friday! Better yet, Mary Lee is hosting our round-up this week with a cover reveal for Irene Latham's next book at A Year of Reading. Hooray! I'm starting to feel better already just having typed this paragraph.
This month's SWAGGER from Molly is a fun prompt: “Go to a book you love. Find a short line that strikes you. Make that line the title of your poem. Write a poem inspired by the line. Then, after you’ve finished, change the title completely.”
My selected line:
Sometimes we want what we want even if we know it's going to kill us. --Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
What’s Always True
A fairy tale’s miller
has every necessary
tool for success –
a millstone turning
an ox plodding round
and round in a turret
his wife minding home and hearth
their daughter sweeping the yard.
But, a wicked one invariably intrudes to tempt.
If you give me
what to you looks like nothing,
I’ll make you wealthy beyond
Your wildest dreams.
Of course, our miller
agrees even though
Ox snorts and stamps with warning
turning the mill spindle faster.
The miller’s wife would know a stench of evil as his daughter would shudder with dread. Yet our miller, stars in his flour-dusted eyes always says yes.