As my dear friend Bojana Stojcic said, damn those challenges! I wasn’t planning on writing anything today, but she made me change my mind. So, in response to her photo prompt, here I go.

 

bojama challenge

When you thought you met the Muses, but it was Witches

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Macbeth (I, i, 1-2)

 

In bars

drooling beggars starve

for drunken sweet strangers

to see them as stars

*

They say: ‘Can I buy you a drink?’

And: ‘Shit – I’m weak to your magic’

Easy to lure in alleyways

for a shocking discharge

*

Seduction overflow

turns to poems on the necrotic beauty of snow

some worse than others

*

Our tongues

bear fruit for writers obscene

emptying their cocksure intestines

On paper sheets

lines as profound as

‘pleasure is a cheap pump’

*

Later they beg to meet again

in thunder, lightning, or in rain

*

They find we have flown away

there are always more

monochromatic clerks

dreaming of becoming stars

in bars

 

 

 

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88 thoughts on “Tell the Story Challenge

  1. If this is what happens for you on a day you weren’t planning on writing, then all hope is lost for the rest of us. You never ever fail to blow my mind. Your writing has such a special flavor, so many twisting nuances. I am in awe of you, my friend. Always!!!

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  2. I’m not easily impressed, but you’ve done it again. Your writing really, really makes me smile, Basilike – and you quoted Macbeth, which is my favourite Shakespeare. ❀

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    1. Mine too! What a character! I even found Macbeth for kids and bought it for my nephew (It’s a funny take, but I think a good introduction to the play).

      Thank you very much for reading my poem and for your kind words. The picture reminded me immediately of the Weird Sisters!

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  3. This is not a thing to be denied, no matter how hard it may be to look at. I was put in mind of swaggering, overconfident young men hitting on women on the subway. “No”, “Not interested”, “Go away”, “Fuck off”, whatever, it all meant the same thing: Let’s negotiate! It would seem these guys don’t see the difference between having nothing to lose and having something to give. Away down south in Dixie we have a saying: If you want the woman of your dreams, you have to be the man of hers
    I see a glimmer of light around the edges here, though. We are not all drooling beggars but, for those of us who are, being a drooling beggar is not a life sentence. Respect yourself and be free.
    Like I said earlier, hard to look at but not to be denied. It’s a grotesque carved by a master. Good one.

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  4. That you can write in such a compelling way, on the spur of a suggestion -well yes, there was my original opinion of you once again confirmed. You are a mighty fine writer ma’am, and I DIG what you do!
    I’ll always return for more …. ❀️

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    1. Thank you, Nick! I wonder myself. The picture made me think immediately of the witches in Macbeth, and the storyline sort of occurred by going through my notes and finding lines to use.

      I love it that you love it — and I just misspelled occurred (with one R) and misspelled (with one S).

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