Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bye-bye Bad Blood

I buried
the bubonic bitterness
in the backyard;
built a bonfire
to burn
the bits
of the behemoth boa
the buzzards
wouldn’t bite.
It’s better off
instead of boiling
on my back.

© 2014 Jennifer Wagner

For Imaginary Garden with Read Toads, Words Count with Mama Zen:  a confession in 65 words or less.


  1. heck to get it off your back
    than to weigh you down...smiles...nice play with the b's

  2. Amen to that. That repeated B seems to say bad bad bad all the way through. Maybe this treatment made it better better, but truly, I couldn't tell if the character was still alive or already dead!

  3. An excellent write - filled with awesome imagery. It reminded me of that timeless quote from Mark Twain: Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

  4. Oh yeah, a great write about ending any connection to bitterness and its cause

  5. I love the b's words ~ Better off the back & let go of bitterness ~

  6. Reminds me of my daughter, who had a midnight bonfire in the driveway one full moon and burned her wedding dress. In our family, we dont go in for understatement. Hee hee. Thanks for the poem - and the memory.

  7. How clever and talented you are! The b's work together for good effect.

  8. Yeah it' s better to leave bad things and bad memories.

  9. Isn't this the truth!! I loved the symbolism here. Bitterness and anger are MUCH better burned and buried :)

  10. How cleverly written, the B's just added that extra touch!

  11. I love this one-so clever to go with the b's! It rolls off the tongue and reminds us to leave bitterness behind. Well Done

  12. Wonderful--and absolutely the only way to be, if you can manage it. Thanks. k.

  13. "Poet Laundry" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

  14. oh for sure it is... not fun to carry bitterness around with us - better get rid of it - the sooner the better


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