Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tumbleweed Contessa's Poetry -- Surely You Jest

I'm working on a character for a new book, a woman who has become a woman being used. I'm discovering that it's better for the person who doesn't know how to be in an honest relationship to be an asshole for telling the other person they aren't interested or that they've lost interest than it is to keep the other person in an emotional purgatory where they think they have a chance.

What kind of person leads another into believing they are loved and then walks away without a word? They're ALWAYS so so so busy. Hey, aren't we all? They fall into being the responder and never the Initiator. You hear more about what they did with an ex-lover than how happy they are with you. Huge Red Flags are huge red flags for a reason. 

When the one being deceived begins realizing something is amiss, well, maybe they will have something like this poem to say.

© Surely You Jest
Mimi Wolske
All Rights Reserved

You can’t just come into my life
and tell me you love me
as much as I love you,
and begin to matter,
and become an important part,
and then set me in a dark hole
away from every part of your life
and just walk away
without saying a word,
leaving nothing but a hole in my chest.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

© Their Prickly Pear Jam and Sour Grapes

Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Isn’t it kind of silly and yet also amazing to think that tearing someone down also builds up the person doing the tearing... Or, the person RIPPING another apart? If this was the 16th or 17th century, the narrator of this poem might have been burned at the stake or maybe been forced to wear a scarlet A on the bosom of her clothes because of the vindictiveness of the gossips we first learn about in the third stanza.

What we never know is her name or the man's name; she never says. But, that's unimportant because it could be anyone; right? What we do know about her is that she is single, that she writes, that she is Jewish, that she lives in a state that borders Mexico, and that she was aware she was being slandered. What we know about the man is that he is not Jewish, he lives in Canada in a place known for its plains, and that he probably listened to the gossip/slander.

Ooh, Ooh, ooh! Can we suggest the first order of business?? Open up a church and teach those bitches about the Proverbs and Psalms on gossip!!! Or, send them to court as slanderers and bullies and let them try to defend what they said. No, the reader doesn't know what was said, but whatever it was, it was unimportant. What is important is that the readers learn the gossips were envious, unhappy, angry, and/or jealous of the narrator and they attacked.

Gossip is stealing.
If false, it’s stealing a person's good character.
If true, it’s taking away a person's right to privacy and ownership of their own story.

© Their Prickly Pear Jam and Sour Grapes
Mimi Wolske
All Rights Reserved

We were an unlikely pair, my Goy(im) Toy and I,
Strolling across the desert border into Mexico on a
Warm January day from nothing more than sheer
Boredom and a desire for authentic native food.

There were fantasies to live before he returned to
His snowy western plains across my northern border,
And he wasn’t about to listen to any Ivory-Castle
Suggestions from others... Or, maybe he had already.

We may have appeared ridiculous through the cocktail
Glasses of the classless and the prejudiced minority;
We never let any catch me writing since they were so
Careful I’d never learn what they told him about me.

Of course they were all so perfect and enthusiastic in
Their scandalous gossip that their pathetic, worthless
Lives seemed right; and none thought much of the my
Writing, yet they couldn’t wait my words to criticize.

There was nothing subtle about their whining and their
Undermining of anything we did or anything I said;
How could it have surprised them to discover I knew
They all slandered me to my love, my peers, my friends?

Top, Gossips, acrylic and watercolor crayon, 16 x20 inches, illustration board, by S. Giles
Bottom, GOSSIP, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 x 30 inches, by C. D'Aguanno)