#NaPoWriMo Borrowed Poetry


Kitchen sink plug – not in use


Closed Mind / Open Door

Ferme la bouche
Patriarch keeps female mouths shut
Ferme la bouche
Women speak up with a loud whoosh
They voice ideas in clear-cut
Precise words to stop any but
Ferme la bouche

Putting a door on the female mouth has been an important project of patriarchal culture from antiquity to the present day.

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Our prompt for the day (optional as always) asks you to peruse the work of one or more of these twitter bots, and use a line or two, or a phrase or even a word that stands out to you, as the seed for your own poem. Need an example? Well, there’s actually quite a respectable lineage of poems that start with a line by another poet, such as this poem by Robert Duncan, or this one by Lisa Robertson.

Good morning readers and welcome to day eight of napowrimo. I’m not exactly sure where this one came from, but the tweet from @carsonbot was the first one I saw this morning and I’ve had doors on my mind as Silver Birch Press is running a series on the front door. And ever since taking high school French, the phrase ferme la bouche has been something I remembered and use on occasion. Not sure this really works in the rondelet form, but I went with it.

Yesterday my children heard my voice loud and clear. Before Shawn went to work, he hand washed some dishes; which I thought was very sweet. I had a growing pile of items that were not dishwasher safe and I was procrastinating at washing them. But in the early afternoon, I figured it was time to drain the sink and put away the dishes, only to find my husband used the garbage disposal plug upside and I could not pull it out. So yeah my children heard me cursing out and plotting their father’s demise. According to Gretchen I sounded like Lady MacBeth. I finally asked Robin into the kitchen to help, thinking it would be easier for him to pull up the plug. He just siphoned the water out of the sink, and then I borrowed a pair of pliers from Shawn to pull the plug out. Right now I have the plug hidden away in case he gets another bright idea to wash dishes by hand he’ll have to use the correct plug and I don’t think there is anyway for him to use it upside down.

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