the frog part is the worst–

you sit on the far end of the couch
& i could reach you easily–
just have to swim through the
wild humpback whale’s

W I D E
——–g a p I n g
—————-teeth, put on

my armor & slay half a dozen dragons,
hand their heads, (still bleeding– thats important)
to a druid who cooks a kettle full of magic soup,
and gives it to the fairies,
wrapped in pollen– YellowPure® –
(thats the only brand they will accept),

tongue-kiss three slippery frogs,
brush a quivering quaver note with their saliva &
beam it to the old, wise woman, whose home
is deep in the HappilyEverAfter forest,
(& hardly no one knows exactly
where this is–)

i shout aloud: “Oh– I– Can FIND her–“
but you’re buried
under cup sized headphones
& don’t understand what i am saying–

“got problems with your internet connection..?”
(–a moment back, i was commenting poetry–)

“umh– no– but–“
aaaah— i see–

flashes from the black gnome’s fort
(who works together with the wise, old woman)–
thick, blue dust

—-dif_
———fu_
————–ses

from the ceiling of the living room,
right above your head–
(it smells a bit–
must be the dragon blood–), i ask with sparkling eyes–

“would you rescue me in case
i was held prisoner by a thousand year old
dratted killer-rose with razor thorns,
tearing your flesh when you come close–?”
(that’s an easy question, no–?)

–and glide dramatically to the floor

“well” — you wink,
cross the room, pull me close
and—

–seriously, i had never thought
that it would be so easy–

.

it’s my pleasure, tending the dVerse poetics bar today.. and you know…once upon a time, there was a group of crazy, wonderful poets…and…can’t wait to open the doors at 3pm EST..

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62 responses to “the frog part is the worst–

  1. Haha… to be someone’s knight in shinning armor would be a wonderful thing, even with a dodgy internet connection! Wow… What a waltz around the crazies of fairy tales this was. Very cleverly done :)

  2. your poem is epic claudia…haha…used to read quite a bit of fantasy novels growing up, of dragons and quests, and what more pure a quest than that of love eh? i had no doubts it would be that easy…haha…but love your willingness to go through all the rest to get there…that you center this around just sitting on the couch is great, my imagination flares up in those spots often…some really great word play through out…um, tongue kissing a frog might give you warts you know…smiles…you were right that was the worst part, ha

  3. Oh, I love this, it’s priceless. I was so with you in HappilyEverAfter Forest, but then ran slap into this:-

    i shout aloud: “Oh– I– Can FIND her–”
    but you’re buried
    under cup sized headphones
    & don’t understand what i am saying–

    Delightful the was you zoomed between two worlds!

  4. I think it is perhaps easier to be rescued FROM preternatural thorn bush than BY knight with headphones! Glad your rescue came so easily. (It must have been the frogs.) K.

  5. “W I D E
    ——–g a p I n g
    —————-teeth, put on

    my armor & slay half a dozen dragons,
    hand their heads, (still bleeding– thats important)
    to a druid who cooks a kettle full of magic soup,
    and gives it to the fairies,
    wrapped in pollen– YellowPure® –

    (thats the only brand they will accept),

    tongue-kiss three slippery frogs,
    brush a quivering quaver note with their saliva &
    beam it to the old, wise woman, whose home
    is deep in the HappilyEverAfter forest,
    (& hardly no one knows exactly
    where this is–) “

    Hi! Claudia…
    Tks, for sharing…Your very “magical,” mythical,” beautiful [poetic] words [as you read your poem on-screen ] with your readers today.

    [Whom I sure followed your beautiful words with their “eyes” [or “ears” as they listened to you read…the frog part is the worst–]
    deedee :)

    [Note~Happy St.Patrick’s Day, to you and your readers too!]

  6. That was fun, not only to read, but to hear and see you reading! And I think I’d draw the line at kissing frogs, as I don’t believe they’d turn into princes…..nor in that HappilyEverAfterForest. (Though I’d like to be convinced. LOL.)

  7. Fabulous poem of stunning originality, Claudia, wonderfully read, with such expression. Your English is much better than many English people I know! Of course, I knew this already from all your other work, but really, seeing you speak this with such verve just ‘hammers it home’. 10/10

  8. haha that was a great read, you but even more emotion behind it. The cat obviously really like the fairy tale aspect, as he’s way out to lunch. Great job weaving so many of the tales in there.

  9. Claudia- Amazing… I had to laugh at this part-

    “would you rescue me in case
    i was held prisoner by a thousand year old
    dratted killer-rose with razor thorns,
    tearing your flesh when you come close–?”

    – and tongue kissing a frog… eww

  10. It’s fantastic to read and to hear you at the same time. Innovations are certainly refreshing. I wonder if there are girl frogs to kiss. Or frog is a girl as opposed to male toads.

    Hank

  11. It’s a rainy SoCal day…but it became sunny and bright as I watched and listened to your poem…an absolutely delightful poem…as classic as they get…thanks ever so much for this most creative poem…I’m still smiling.

  12. Claudia, this was so fun… and real and magical… and everything a poem should be (on St Paddy’s Day or any other). Love love love the title (tongue-kissing frogs – yech!).

  13. Love that you can see the passion in your eyes that we feel with your words. Just a wonderful visit today!!! (Can I steal your accent?) So happy I made it :)

  14. Claudia, love how you used the fairy tale narrative here, and love how you created in essence a brand new, modernized fairy tale. Really creative and great job. And oh yeah, your accent is awesome.

  15. I devoured every line of this wonderful piece, every morsel a delight. And then I played the video…WoW…the voice…the expressiveness…brought every phrase to life! I cannot add anymore than what others have written. I really, really, love this one.

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  17. such imagination from your living room! You turned it into a castle, a dragons cave, a princess pond complete with lily pad and frog prince…a total land of fairytale- and in the end- your knight was so close by. I got you pausing for thought at the end- prompting response from your shining saviour- and the Internet connection comment pulling us back into reality….nice work…same as I Sid to mr miller- v engaging and yet you keep your unique style and form throughout

  18. I loved this when I received it by email earlier, and it alerted me to the prompt, & made me have a go with writing a poem too, so thank you for that…your poem was a wild ride, full of energy & verve, and wonderfully stilled to the ease of quiet, at the end..really great read..thank you

  19. This is my absolute favorite. You had such fun with this, I can tell. I heard in your voice, felt it in the words and phrases as they bounced from your lips and down the page. What a delightful spell you cast. You’ve just confirmed that my favorite part of your writing is how well you tell your stories. (Thank you so much for doing the audio version.)

  20. You have reached another poetic apex here,
    for filming yourself is a whole other dimension
    to spoken word performance. I love to tape
    my recitations and share them, as you know,
    but when I tried to film myself, I felt I would
    have to have fully memorized the words in order
    to use the camera like the audience. But that’s
    just me; watching you, listening to you, reading
    you created a treat like chocolate truffle.

  21. This is just delightful Claudia–loved hearing you read it–you have a bit of a gnomish grin going on that makes it even better. I loved every word, but mostly I loved the mood. I can see that in your fairy tales, everyone will find the wise woman, undo the curse, kill the dragons, kiss the frogs and sleeping princesses and live HappilyEverAfter.

  22. Your take on your own prompt is amazing! The distance between two people can seem insurmountable … when really, it might be as simple as one person taking a few steps or sliding from one end of the couch to the other. I love your moral. :)

  23. Ah – more toads and roses.
    How fun.
    I won’t be taking your advice :-)
    BTW, if you like species roses, that probably means you prefer single flowered ones.
    You might want to look into a rose called “Dainty Bess”. Even though a hybrid, it is only five-petalled. Gorgeous. I hope mine will flower this year.

  24. I’ve gotta do this more often! Your Prince Charming sounds like he not only understands breaking a charm but technology too. :) I love how the elements of fantasy and reality mix to always show us you the poet making reality new.

  25. Claudia Ma’am,
    Came back again to hear you in poetry reading. Privileged to go to YouTube and was mesmerized with City of New Orleans. Glad that I did discover a wonderful singer! You are a very talented all-rounder. Keep at it Ma’am!

    Hank

  26. I’m convinced that a woman with as easy as smile as yours is irresistible to her rescuing knight. How delightful to see you reading this wonderful modern day flight of fanciful fairy tales.
    The oral tradition of your people runs deeply in your veins.

  27. It was fun to hear you reading your poem…how do you do it, Claudia…take me from one place to another so effortlessly in your writing… thank you :) Happy Sunday to you.

  28. just have to swim through the
    wild humpback whale’s

    W I D E
    ——–g a p I n g
    —————-teeth, put on

    my armor & slay half a dozen dragons,

    This is absolute awesomeness!! I love your unique placement of words and your style, so fresh! What a treat to be able to see you reading! Thank you, Claudia!

  29. I like the contemporary styling – almost Beat chant – that frames this treatment of the old mythical themes and motifs.

  30. oh, no! TONGUE-kissing frogs is TOO much!!!

    enchanting, delightful, wonderful to read…. but your video put the whole thing so far above we mere mortals, my dear!!

    LOVE this, every word! especially watching and listening to you read it!

  31. Claudia, this is just an amazingly accurate capture of what we do through in our families hooked up with technoglogies when one of us needs a little comforting hug! All the hobgoblins from all the fairy tales get in the way and must be batted way and caged up in order just to touch that other loved one!

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