Saturday, March 20, 2021

Women's History Month: Saturday, March 20, 2021: Gabriella Garafalo's poem "Hard Times"

Hard Times

Hard times on the horizon,

Hush everyone, the deranged clerk

Threw his ‘nope’ at the CEO-

And now the houses ablaze in blue

Are shunted into shards of disdain,

And now young women on a night out

Are hopping on their heels,

Think they look smashing,

Yeah right-

Same old, same old,

There she goes,

Her stranded soul

Amongst cold stars,

Marooned on desert skies,

Chanting God feeds you

Even though he let books,

And burning souls wander around,

Chanting Odysseus and his mates

Gorge on your mind-

Her soul, sure, why not,

Once you met her, she’d got an ASBO

After setting ablaze men, blue,

Scrap, dissension,

Bless her, she couldn’t let go

Of times, creeds, and rites-

Got it now? And her shades, now,

The ungodly shades rhythm or grace

Always shunned- look at them,

Still hooking up with electric blue eyes,

Still hunting down words, while anger

Scars her with cider, flowers, glazes-

Great for mothers only, aren’t we, my days?

Keep clear, then, don’t trust birth, time,

As only waves, only skies

Slake their thirst in her mind’s cafés,

Adrenaline spiking and raped winters

If you ever chance on them-

Such shady guys, and starving to boot-

Thank God hypermnesic stones can help,

So, rage as hard as you want,

But your light’s dying, I’m afraid,

She’s lighting fires on her way out,

And yes, the CEO gave us such nice treats,

Limbs, and free will, so what?

Women will show up as electric shocks,

With their shrieking voices,

Men as sudden blackouts,

With their silence-

‘Course the last word shall be yours,

My darling, to spite you rotten,

And make you choke on fizzies and pies

You fancy a lot-

Good for you, oh and so sorry

My life’s confort food for you starving rotten,

O darling demise

© 2021 Gabriella Garafalo

Born in Italy some decades ago, Gabriella Garofalo fell in love with the English language at six, started writing poems (in Italian) at six and is the author of Lo sguardo di Orfeo; L’inverno di vetro; Di altre stelle polari; Blue Branches, and  A Blue Soul.


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