PAD Challenge #27 For Poetic Asides
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Blame the (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, use the new phrase as the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.
Also for We Write Poems prompt: Pursuit of Happiness
Blame The Old Woman
Go ahead, it’s expected and ever so easy.
She pleases herself, putting things
on a shelf that never belonged there.
A hair brush and comb, right next
to a phone, that’s needed repair since
early last year, two summers ago.
Went to crazy market, never came back,
lost track of all her marbles. Now, warbles
a tune about flowers in June, always
forgetting last stanza. Owns panda, an
imaginary friend that bends all the rules,
tools all over town in light brown Cadillac
of vintage design, spending most of her time
writing nursery rhymes, she refers to as her
Curses whatever order holds sway, prays
for better day, when things will turn back
on a track more pleasant. Keeps pheasants
in her yard, presents she charmingly says,
that came from distant admirer. Complains,
often and loudly, of shoes that don’t fit,
while knitting socks on the side, which give
her great pride for totally unknown reasons.
Has forgotten more seasons that most will
remember. So, go ahead, shake your finger
at her retreating back. She’ll probably
flip you another, then cackle with glee,
saying with half toothless grin, “I’d still
rather be me, than any other.”
Elizabeth Crawford 11/27/10