20 November 2019

MQ20: I Must Be Mistaken

My mother was a kind of wildness.
A kind of smoke from a burning bush.

Not THE Burning Bush, although
as a girl I thought she was.

In reality, she was a concussion from
banging her head against a brick wall
(or so she said, or nearly so).

And I often interrupted myself with
“Oh, I must be mistaken.”

Like when I watched the boy next door
flying a balloon, but Mum said,

“No, that’s a cook with a shaved head,”
so I said, “Oh, I must be mistaken,”

and she seemed happy with that.



MQ20: working with smells, senses, places, emotions, and then combining them to inspire a poem. I was working with: matches, sulphur, bonfire, smoke, pine, fir trees, woodshed, blimps, balloons. And dVerse Surrealism in Poetry. ©️ Misky 2019 It’s November Poem a Day month. These are 1st drafts

5 responses to “20 November 2019”

  1. So after a concussion you have a vision of balding man being a boy’s balloon… trippy

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  2. I think we should all be surreal much more often, don’t you? Love your poem.


  3. I like the repetition of being mistaken.

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