Masks

 

All flowed from the masks,
sharp rimmed plastic, cloth, makeup
−anything not us,
the screens of separation. . .

Out, with gusting wind
lifting, throwing us forward
through night’s cold darkness,
no color, line or restraint,
not even our feet
running blind needed lightness,
floating on the air
of anonymity’s breath.

Cruel, terrible deeds
done to cars and old porches
were hidden ‘till dawn.
Black smudge pots were kicked over.
Blazing kerosene
pooled and we danced round the flames
celebrating our
dark sabbat of naughtiness.

Wild demon laughter,
giggles, snorts and yelping shrieks─
“bad” sugared our tongues
while witch clouds flew with the moon.

 

Tim Pfau

 

WRITING PROMPTS:

  1. How does the mask you wear at Halloween allow you to act out parts of yourself that may be hidden the rest of the year? 
  2. Who do you choose to be today? What “mask” are you currently wearing?
  3. Write about your “dark sabbat of naughtiness.”

 

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Chemo Side Effects: Memory

Where is the word I want?

 

Groping

in the thicket,

about to pinch the

dangling

berry, my fingerpads

close on

air.

 

I can hear it

scrabbling like a squirrel

on the oak’s far side.

 

Word, please send over this black stretch of ocean

your singular flare,

blaze

your topaz in the mind’s blank.

 

I could always pull the gift

from the lucky-dip barrel,

scoop the right jewel

from my dragon’s trove….

 

Now I flail,

the wrong item creaks up

on the mental dumbwaiter.

 

No use—

it’s turning

out of sight,

a bicycle down a

Venetian alley—

I clatter after, only to find

gondolas bobbing in sunny silence,

a pigeon mumbling something

I just can’t catch.

Elise Partridge, “Chemo Side Effects: Memory” from Chameleon Hours. Copyright © 2008 by Elise Partridge.

 

WRITING PROMPTS:

  1. Everyone forgets things sometimes. Write about how it feels to forget, whether or not it is related to medical or other condition. How does it feel to grope for a piece of information — a word, a name — when you know “it’s in there someplace?”
  2. Write about anything connected to the aging of your body. No matter how young you still are, there have been accidents or injuries that have marked you. Perhaps a recent activity has left a muscle sore or a joint stiff. Jot down a couple of paragraphs about what it’s like to be aware of your body’s vulnerability.
  3. Write a message to your mind and body, reassuring both of healing, regeneration, and acceptance of changes.

 

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