Tell me again how I burst forth,
reaching for the sky with immense
petals from some rainforest where
my ancestors came from, but I
sprang up from nowhere, arrived
in a dark green vessel, unmarked
and unheralded. Tell me again
the story of how you didn’t
know me and then suddenly you
did, and how you watched me
every day, how I sat on your
windowsill and performed the
superhuman act of making you
happy in the middle of February.
For the November PAD Chapbook Challenge, Day 4. Prompt: a superhero or superheroine poem.
In case I haven’t mentioned it, besides pushing myself a little by writing directly here rather than in Word, which is my usual, and which gains me a modicum of editing time before I post, I’m also not looking at the prompt until I’m actually ready to write. That way, I don’t prewrite by mulling over ideas all day long. The poems you see this month are as close to my “first mind” as you’re going to get.
Hey, big news! I just found out that I get to be part of a reading at Woman Made Gallery here in Chicago on Sunday, December 7. I hear it’s a really great space, and I’m honored to have been selected. I’ll be reading from my chapbook Secret Rivers. If you’re in Chicago, I hope you’ll come out. Also, there will be snacks.
6 thoughts on “Amaryllis Woman”
I’m really liking what your “first mind” is creating, Marilyn! And congratulations on being chosen for this reading. They’re gonna love your Secret Rivers poems!
Thanks, Jennifer. And I hope so! Kind of impressed that the women’s art gallery wasn’t put off by my poem in the voice of a horny fracker. 🙂
This is a beautiful and unexpected take on the superhero theme. Love it, Marilyn!
Thank you, Charlotte! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Oh, and congrats on your reading!!!
Thanks! I have to get busy timing myself to see how much I can cram into that 12-15 minutes.