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(November 3,1950 / Selma, Alabama)

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Amusement

Another sip,
Maybe just another,

''It's time to go to work.'' she says.

'' Ha! your no longer bemuseingly quiet. '' I quip
Another sip...

She starts to sway a little to and fro.

''Come on, now work before play.'' she says
amusingly.

Sip...

'' I've got many things to say, '' so goes her lament.
'' You can make it two!
Maybe three!
Why not tempt eternity? ''

The melting cubes
are my high tide
making froth out of my
rip tides
Sea shells collect in whirlpool
snares between swells
of reasoning and dissonance

'' That the best you can do? ''
she mulls over my shoulder,
''Second grade at best! ''

Your going to miss me when I go,

'' Oh! no no no...''

Three card slam
Everything is wild
But the Queen of hearts

'' Been done, don't go there! ''

I turned and looked my muse
up and then down
... oh? you can do better?

'' Move over fool and watch a muse master at work: ''

In the blackness of my soul
I sit listening to far off thunder
as inside it also rolls

For long long seconds
There is no sound
Then begins a rumble bound

Quick flashes does my mind's
Hind sight cause flashes white
of truth hidden by the night

It is perhaps then I stir
And begin to think of you
A soul's prick as if a burr

Then the truth will flash
And I slow count to ten
Before I hear the rumble within

Then comes a calm
No more flash or sound
I have buried my thoughts under ground

''I don't know, '' I slowly say
'' Maybe by the morrows' light
I'll have a say. ''

Then with a stare that caused the fluids
in my glass to freeze...
she simply was then wasn't there.

Submitted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 12, 2013


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  • Princess Lilypad (9/1/2013 2:38:00 AM)

    this could be so many things for me. subject matter wise. very broad and open to interpretation but keenly focused on your own agenda in this writing. for me? I see themes of gluttony, pride, confrontation, desertion. but that's just me, thanks for giving me so much to weave through on this.

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  • Ramesh Rai (7/29/2013 8:18:00 PM)

    beautiful write amused me too

  • Kevin Patrick (7/27/2013 11:54:00 PM)

    Candy is dandy and she's a stripper full of liquor, both amusing, and dark in equal amounts. Great imagery arises from through the flow, just ease that muse in good proportion e

  • Diane Hine (7/26/2013 6:17:00 AM)

    A temperamental muse with a tendency to blow hot and cold but luckily never boring! (I also liked Bobby Wynns comment) .

  • Dee Corpolongo (7/22/2013 9:55:00 AM)

    This here was not only amusing but also amazing! Loved the different style,
    and it surely brought on a smile, when at the end, a question did descend......
    did it happen or was it just a dream? Loved it Thomas.

  • Dinesh Nair (7/21/2013 9:16:00 PM)

    The write is amazingly beautiful for its crafting and gives real amusement of its own kind.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (7/21/2013 1:09:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem... Enjoyed reading it. Good write.

  • Valerie Dohren (7/15/2013 2:02:00 PM)

    A-musing write Thomas. Maybe she needs taking in hand.

  • Shahzia Batool (7/15/2013 11:58:00 AM)

    you exercise the faculty of dramatising in poems as well! ! !

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (7/14/2013 2:57:00 AM)

    Amusement amused me a lot! I could read and read it again and again! Beautiful!

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