joan and the incompetent

Posted: April 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

joan and the incompetent

they say when a woman’s fed up
there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it
and you are fed up
you thought this man would carry you to grace
you thought you would become a housewife
for a doctor
the best doctor in manhattan
and you give up everything
you give up the man you loved
you give up the job you had
you give up your independence
only to learn that your dream
hit the hard wall of fate and averages
he’s an average man
with average ambition
and average skill
looking to you to bring him
an above average life
and all you want to bring is
a vase to the back of his head
you are more than the sum total
of everything both of you do
divided by two
and you feel the weight of him
when he’s on you
you feel his lack of luster
cutting into your shoulders
you aren’t perfect
and you don’t know what perfect is
but you recognize a not-perfect life
when you see one

napowrimo #6: converse with images

Many people collect favourite images, whether as memories or posters, sketches or computer files. Pick one such collection of yours – a stamp collection, a postcard book, a file of photos – and rifle through it until something catches your eye. (If you don’t have such a collection, try putting a word – any word – into Google image search or flick through the website of an art gallery.)

Once you have an image, begin to interrogate it for poems. Ask: Who or what in this picture could speak? What would they say? Why is this image meaningful to me? When I look at it, what am I remembering? How does this image make me feel? Which of my moods is easiest to find in it? Where would I want to display picture? Who do I want to see it?

Collect the answers to your questions as a hoard of words or phrases. Scatter them across a blank sheet of paper, then check for patterns. What rhymes? Where is there alliteration? Is any rhythm apparent? Patterns might suggest a form for the poem.

If there aren’t enough patterns, you have two choices: either write your poem as free verse or go back to the images and generate more words. Have fun!

  1. Esther Poyer says:

    This is a cool piece, with some good quirky word play.. I like the lack of lustre.. combined with the repetition, which gets a great rhythm going, the tone is set off real well. thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Esther

  2. Sounds like many a soap opera my mom used to watch. Good one!

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