the back door stands open,
muddy footprints sketched in a scamper
over the coir mat,
earthy clumps scraped off small shoes
lie snuggled between the fibres.
grassy tangles trail from garden to kitchen,
kitchen to corridor,
corridor to shoe rack.
she sighs –
one of hansel’s worse ideas.
she’s the mother at the window,
where faded yellow curtains hang,
limply framing her weathered features
in the glassy reflection.
the early evening sun paints her face,
like a buttercup held under a smooth chin
by innocent fingers.
dusty rays illuminate
the murky rainbows
of glass cleaner and jay cloth.
mama, moving mouths murmur,
she picks at her dry skin,
red and flaky from rubber gloves and dish soap,
plastic cups and plates.
she has swapped smoking
lingerie for lullabies,
bottled perfume for baby powder,
naps for nappies.
mama, mama –
the shouts and flashes of life before
jump up like a jack-in-the-box.
soapy water splashes,
she forgets her wet skirts
and takes herself
to the part of herself
that needs her
(lois e. linkens)
once we have
our bourn indignation
why must we trudge
through the crux
of man’s blunder
of despondent disrepair
of desolate filaments
once we have crossed
from the realm
into the abysmal
dominion of truth
who shall remain
to court these afflictions
but the ghastly cast-offs
from our reflection’s fallout
plagued with the pangs
of our own
not even the trope
of our soul’s transmutation
can stay the aggrievance
that all shall sustain
[Max states: “I write about the things going on in my life. I am a feminist, humanist, cat loving musician bound by whimsy and the incessant analysis of hyper-vigilant observations. I am obsessed with words and rhythmically woven wordplay.” We are honored to have him as a member of our tribe.]
Max Meunier Poetry
Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and Secret First Draft are holding a joint Writing Contest in the month of March to elicit new writers for the Collective.
Writing Prompt: March Madness
Each entry should be more than 50 words but less than 500
Each writer may submit 1 to 3 (maximum) pieces of writing for consideration
Submissions will be accepted: 3/1/2017 through 3/31/2017
Full prize information to be announced soon!
1st Place Winner will be granted membership in the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective
2nd, 3rd and 4th Place Runners-ups will be granted membership in the Secret First Draft Collective.
Send your submissions with your name, your pen name (if applicable), the address for your blog and a short biography (1 to 3 sentences to): Suddendenouement@gmail.com
The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and its sister sites Secret First Draft and The Whisper and The Roar are forums for divergent literature that we hope excite and challenge you.
The top three posts will be published on Sudden Denouement and the top five posts will be published on Secret First Draft.
Finalists will be contacted by Sudden Denouement no later than May 15, 2017.