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Poetry: Young Tom's Songs



Sing to the queens
Whose seductive calls, loud feline yowls
And scents drift, pleasing and teasing, past the screens

Sing to the mice
Who venture in where warmth’s within
To become a tempting, temporary, timorous, tasty toy

Sing to the birds
Whose appealing shapes spotted past the drapes
Twitter and tease in safety--he can’t pounce through pesky glass

Sing to the toys
Stored silent and still in the attic’s chill
At least he can set his teeth in their pelts when he wants to

Sing to the girl
Whose teenage hands tend books and pens
When they should be caressing his sides, and ears, and chin

Sing to the hands
That toss tasty fare high in the air
To be captured and scattered and chased and slain

Sing to the bed
Where he can lay curled and dream of a world
Where pats and beasts, critters and treats always appear when he sings.

copyright 2010 Deirdre M. Murphy


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xjenavivex
Jan. 21st, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Very nicely done.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 21st, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And it's nice to hear from you. :-D
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wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Trying hard, anyway! Got two rejections this week, but they had real comments in them, so I'll do some rewrites.

And I won both parts of the latest Torn World contest! Art and writing. (!) If you want to see, it's posted at http://community.livejournal.com/torn_world/9121.html

I'm pretty sure it's the most unusual ingredient in the shish-ke-bob that swayed the judge on the artwork.
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wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
I have been, but not right now. I'm sure I would benefit from finding a regular beta reader, though so far the stuff I've passed before a group didn't get published, and some that I didn't has.

Have I ever mentioned that I do things backwards a lot?
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wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you.

But now I'm curious! What an enigmatic comment!
red_trillium
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
Awwww, a sweet one. :)
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 26th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
:-D
mbumby
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Very nice.
wyld_dandelyon
Jan. 28th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see how much you enjoyed this poem!
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