Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I Am So Difficult

honey

I wasn't really sure what I would read on Friday night. I had some favorite poems cued up. But I didn't know what my co-performer was going to pull out of his poetry hat. So I kept it open. This made me nervous as a strategy, but ended up working fine. Sometimes it is best to trust that creativity has a life of its own and will lead you in its way.

Anyway, after my fellow poet shared his final poem and nodded to signal we were done, I just knew I had to have the last word with this one. I'm thinking that when he (and the audience) laughed, I was forgiven for talking back one last time.

Woman

I am so difficult,
the way a jar of honey
is difficult.

All that sweetness
gets stuck under the rim,
makes your hands

shake

they have to work
so hard.


Honey photo by L.L. Barkat. This poem is in honor of One Shot Wednesday. It is also for Glynn's very cool Random Acts of Poetry. I don't know, Glynn, what poem do you think I'm from? Is this one kind of Langston Hughes?

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24 Comments:

Blogger tuberider said...

Woman men are just like that! I should know. Loved the poem.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

haha. kinda reminded me of some nikki giovanni as well...sweetness stuck up under the rim...nice. great one shot!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous HisFireFly said...

I LOVE it.. and way to go.. getting the last word in!

7:31 PM  
OpenID shrinkingthecamel.com said...

Awww. Not true. Is it?

I've been married 25 years, and I think both of us have shaking hands at times.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Love it!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Tony Single said...

Brilliant. Your poem made me laugh out loud. Having said that, not gonna let wifey read this one... she'll kill me! :P

7:50 PM  
Blogger steveroni said...

My fingers are full of honey, as I ponder: I wish I could write like that...but then I'd be YOU!

Excellent!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I forgive you :) This is my new favorite now.

8:40 PM  
Blogger moondustwriter said...

you are like the open honey jar my friend. I know the feeling implied in this poem

thanks for the great comment on One Shot is was the perfect sweetner

Love from the Moon

8:42 PM  
Blogger Ben Langhinrchs said...

That was wonderful. Thanks for sharing, and all is forgiven.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Cassandra Frear said...

Very interesting perspective and word image.

Did you write this about yourself? Or someone else?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

ahhh, true that. The lid comes off real easy when something sour is underneath...Did I say that out loud? Will you forgive me for that outburst?

10:08 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

You are endlessly creative and just plain fun - a wonderful combination I think!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Susan DiMickele said...

This cracks me up and inspires me at the same time. Saw at the RTs on Twitter and had to see what it was all about!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Red Letter Believers said...

This is a poem that a man has no business commenting on. Just....back....away

12:21 AM  
Blogger M.L. Gallagher said...

haha -- well done!

I'm in New York next week and am going to make a point of finding the Bowery Poetry Club!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Shashi said...

beautiful... enjoyed it...
Women is a topic that defies words that is why one should just love them... no words can completely say the last word...;-)

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
Connect with me on Twitter at @VerseEveryDay to read one verse everyday on life, love and longing...

9:16 AM  
Blogger CM said...

You inspire me! Wonderful one shot.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Jingle said...

apt observations, lovely word flow...

10:17 AM  
Blogger L.E. Fiore said...

Awww! That's so... SWEET! ;-D I like it. :-D

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

In the photo, I can't see the lid.

I know you didn't write this poem just for me, but it was one of those.

But I don't know if it's any better if the sweetness oozed out, sticky-gooey-messy outside the lid.

Wish I could've heard you that Friday!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

In the photo, I can't see the lid.

I know you didn't write this poem just for me, but it was one of those.

But I don't know if it's any better if the sweetness oozed out, sticky-gooey-messy outside the lid.

Wish I could've heard you that Friday!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Alex Marestaing said...

I think every human being on the planet is like honey, sweet but difficult...sometimes

10:13 AM  
Blogger Rhesa said...

This is my favorite! Thanks for posting it.

3:14 PM  

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