Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zombie Mother - A Magpie Tale

Image offered by Tess for this Sunday's Magpie Tale. Click on the link to get access to more delightful work by this week's contributors. Not to say this work here is delightful. Sorry. There's a bad seed in me.

Zombie Mother

We had to add more
rocks as you keep digging out.
If you don't settle
down we will dig you
up and transport you further
up the alps and plant
you under really big
boulders. Even the old oak
we found won't keep you
peaceful and quiet.

Mother, you gave us pain in
real life and now
you claim unfinished
business. We say, so what?
You say, this is what!
It's just so tiresome
and embarassing.

tell us of chasing
you back out the door
with all your bad smells and groans
and ugly faces.
You can't even haunt
right - no better than how you
used to wash dishes.

‎October ‎19, ‎2014 11:46 AM


  1. A bad mother will always come back.. a little bit like a hangover from bad booze.. Get that boulder quickly.

  2. oh this is so darkly hilarious...very well done-so clever!

  3. throw more stones!!...loved this!

  4. That word reads "moth" then morphs into "mother".

    1. I agree with you. That's how it happened for me too.

  5. In the title I imagine a mother not there, not in the "present," whether drugs, alcohol, metal illness. Tough thing to live through. Well expressed poem.

    1. Well actually I flashed on the Mothman Prophecies Richard Gere movie at the very start of things. I didn't stay there though. I feel strongly validated though. That my work has so many visions within it is quite touching.

  6. I enjoy how at times a smile almost came, such in the line, "if you don't settle down." Then before the smile can finish, a deep line intrigues me. The ending was dark and says a lot, that she can't haunt any better than doing dishes. This is my favorite by far.

    1. Remember the movie Beetle Juice? The ghosts had a haunting manual but it didn't help much. I imagine haunting requires practice and talent and desire. Otherwise, meh.

  7. Well, this is delightfully different! Thoroughly enjoyed ..

  8. It is kind of like the saying: " you can forget a good mothers birthday, but not a bad mother's. There is always an after sting. Great writing Christopher. :-)

  9. Thank you all for your kindnesses here.

  10. Ha, ha. Another interesting character for a mother.

  11. Dark and delicious...and strangely enough I can relate...

  12. Made me laugh out loud. Zombie Mom...unexpected and a unique take on the prompt.


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