Euphoria in daddy’s hand, a sunset thrashed, fleeting my bones how the sun is between his fingers eunoia is my ghost when the daylilies dance; vena summer, your daughter is of near-madness but you still say it’s okay, that you know she is twisted like the green Apalachicola River to Chattahoochee the coldest in winter’s suicide the trees feign my ghostly leave don't push me a cigar runs through my blood beer runs through grandpa good thing we were both born near summer; if it’s child-born, don’t kill it the cold will do just fine but he with shadows nurtures me, holds me, as my bones spit into wineskins, as I rage at my body I rage at the Odalisque in my head when she pulls me back; daddy, we share bloodstreams and you’ve carried me more than I could myself. In my bed alone, I hate myself for how I’ve treated you; pink blossoms jet-lagged in my memory, across the paper streets, I hate how I’ve treated you so, I rage I rage at the Odalisque in my head when she pushes me further. © 2021 lucysworks.com All Rights Reserved.
Written for the 6/22/2021 dVerse prompt: “Your challenge today, should you choose to accept it, is to pick ONE of Hemingway’s quotes to be inspired by and write a poem. Do NOT use the quote in your poem, but please do include the quote on your post page somewhere, with Hemingway’s name as the source of inspiration. For bonus points, please say a few words about the experience of writing to an idea from the mind of Papa Hemingway.”
Being against evil doesn’t make you good. Tonight I was against it and then I was evil myself. I could feel it coming just like a tide… I just want to destroy them. But when you start taking pleasure in it you are awfully close to the thing you’re fighting.
–Islands in the Stream (started in 1950 but published in 1970)
It was interesting writing to this quote. I feel I could resonate with it, and how I envisioned this poem originally, it went off-track and it turned into an apology. I don’t think of the quote with my father, but when reflecting on myself and my own emotions, sometimes I am my own worst enemy.
Hope you could enjoy this piece.