Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Poetry Post

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Fake Tattoo
by Nikki Grimes

My butterfly sits
atop my wrist
as if it’s poised for flight.

My lovely tattoo
no longer new
will fade before the night.

Still, after it’s gone,
it will live on
inside my memory.

This jewel of the air—
beauty most rare—
that once was plain as me.


  1. Wow, I get to smear the VGW?

    My entry is the last verse from Anna Nalick's "Breathe (2am)." I know a lot of us here can relate, simply be replacing "song" with "story." It's in 6/8, if you haven't heard it and want a feel for the meter…

    2 AM and I'm still awake writing this song,
    If I get all down on paper it's no longer
    inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to.
    Yeah,and I feel like I'm naked in front of a crowd,
    'Cause these words are my diary screamin' out loud,
    And I know that you'll use them, however you want to.

    Mrs. Fetched's older sister dropped a bombshell on me. Well, it was more like an iPad, but I was stunned as you might guess. It's a wifi-only version (no 3G, which suits me just fine), I think she went & got a 3G version for herself. So I'm going to stack it up against the Kindle for the Ultimate eReader Smackdown.

    Daughter Dearest is going to the beach for the week with two of her college friends (and the mom of one of the friends). They'll be in Clearwater, so in case of emergency my bro Solar is nearby. (Mom is in NC for the summer.) I'm really excited for her, even if I have to take her to the meeting spot. And it's time to scoot…

  2. Just to toss more paint… love the shot & the poem. Somewhere on my hard drive, I have pix of the Evil Twins holding a butterfly.

  3. Beautiful pic, Jim.

    Farf, that quiz got an interesting thread going yesterday. Sounds like we have a bit of a NeoPagan clan here. Tree huggers and lovers of nature for sure.
    Interesting how many of us came out similar. The Reform Judaism came up pretty high for me too MaryB. Did go to synagoge for a year when I was in high school. Coming from a Methodist family, I was a rebel.

    Andi, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness and Islam were my bottom three. And with Unitarian 2nd I think you and I have plenty in common.

    Hubby just left for a week at Scout summer camp. Made a big pot roast dinner last night for a send off and Monkey (cinnamon pull-apart) Bread for this morning. So I'm done cooking for a while.
    Brother and nephew still here. We go to see Aunt for lunch. Gotta earn my way out of the dog house. I'm not good at calling and keeping in touch.
    This afternoon, I'll be able to kickback and relax after all the hubbub of the last few days.

    Nancy, I'm a little past page one hundred and you've got me edgy and anxious to get on with this story. I'm amazed at how well you've built the tension without narry a body except for the poor cow. This is going to be a book I'm going to have to study with more than one pass.

    That humidity is here too. Warm and sticky already and soon to be hot.
    Find a fan or a cool, shady spot and enjoy a relaxing Sunday All.

  4. Far, she gave you an ipad??!!! That sil is a keeper! And I love, love, love, that Anna Nalick song. One of my all-time favs.

    Lisa, it's all in the wrist.

    I like that poem, Jim, although I'm not sure I understand it on a literal basis. Is a real butterfly, a real fake tattoo, or an actual tattoo? I have now read it four times and I'm still stupid! I'll just enjoy it for the rhythm and the metaphorical possibilities.

    Go, Celtics!

  5. I'm with you, NP. Figured it was a mystery I'd never solve, and moved on. :-)

    Lisa, I was UU second, too - we are definitely a diverse bunch!

    Monkey bread - grew up on that, yum yum. Enjoy your week!

    Very envious of Farf's iPad. Played with one the other day, and want want want one. Not in the cards, but looks like a very fun toy.

    Go Celtics indeed! I'll be watching Styx/Foreigner/Kansas instead (sigh- bad timing!), but am charging my phone to keep track of the score. You'll have to cheer extra loud for me, Nancy!

    Halfway through Maria's first book - with Mythos waiting on my nightstand (yep, I'm behind in my reading). It's fun to study my friends' techniques - I have so much to learn from you all!

    Off to pack yet a smaller suitcase to spend the night at camp - my belongings are scattered across the country in various quantities. Stay dry, everyone!

    (Boy, what is it with the exclamation points, Beth?)

  6. Farf, great lyrics.
    'Cause these words are my diary screamin' out loud,
    And I know that you'll use them, however you want to.

    I hope the folks who put the words on paper or pixels don't object to the way I use/abuse them.

    Lisa, yesterday was my 2 months before school starts day. :-(
    I've spent the last 3 days on my bike delivering a dvd to each of my 88 sixth graders with photos of the year set to music.
    Forever Young - Rod Stewart
    The Yee-Haw Factor - Bela Fleck and the Flecktoones
    The Circle Game - Joni Mitchell
    The Precious Jewel - Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny
    Where Are We Running - Lenny Kravitz
    It's for you - Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
    Closer to Me - Dar Williams
    I hope the artist and the kids won't mind me using them however I wanted to.

    Hi, backatcha, Dina.

    Nancy & Beth, maybe this link will clairify the muddy waters of a poem that made me think of Emily Dickinson.

  7. Oops forgot. Lisa, mmmm cinnamon monkey bread.