Monday Miscellany – Or, Not, Actually

No miscellany today – sorry! I was intrigued by this week’s Magpie prompt & thought I’d write some obscure paean to snakes or some such. But then the poem took a totally different turn, as they often do. Please go here to read other responses to the prompt.

Please note: I am not PMSing right now, but this is a good representation of what it’s like when I am. Heh.

The Snake Charmer, Henri Rousseau, 1907

I don’t want to be charmed
or sigh with love.
There is that damned tree again
just begging to be scaled.
I sit with my back to the trunk
watching the moon through
leaves and unnamed dread.
I refuse to name it
because it is legion
and there aren’t enough words.
Rising from mossy ground
I wrap Legion around my neck.
I am going to carry it
with me today
and people will cross
to the other side of the street
in fear and loathing.
See? I knew that no one liked me.


  1. cant believe i am saying this but maybe you should PMS more if this is what comes out of it...ha...really like...esp all the references and use of language...legion...yes....cross the a nice subtle one...

  2. Wish I could wear Legion as a mantle of protection against the hordes.

  3. Pretty impressive PMS! Hope things are good with you Bug:)

  4. Mind if I wrap Legion around my neck a while?

  5. So brave to place it around your neck, even in self defence. An interesting take on the prompt!

  6. Very niiice! I really like snakes, personally and would have no problem wearing Legion round my next if it kept the door to door salesmen away!

  7. You made me chuckle out loud!!

  8. I adore you first line! Wonderfuly creative take on the photo.

  9. I wonder would I be that brave to wrap a legion around my neck...You have guts:)
    Super Magpie!

  10. I love this one...
    "...and there aren't enough words."

    best line ever.

  11. That's some imagery. Yikes!

  12. That's some imagery. Yikes!

  13. Ah! PMSing -- me, I get sensitive and see ridiculous beauty in everything; but my sister?! My sister wants to beat things up.


    LOVE the poem.


  14. Wow...! You are amazing.

    Your poem describes exactly how I am feeling today.

    I love your new avatar, but the way. Cute as a bug's ear. :-)

  15. I can so relate to this! Brilliant!

  16. Yes this was me when in the throes of PMS. Brilliantly descibed.

    Anna :o]

  17. Goodness - what a way to make people keep their distance! LOL

  18. oh wowie......such talent
    loved it truly

  19. Avoid the moon definitely! Although I would also be inclined to avoid snakes. The accessory that makes others cross however - I am all for that.
    Well done.

  20. snakes are innocent creatures,

    not every one likes everyone,
    not everyone is liked by all.

    unique voice, be proud of your own strength.

  21. I get uncontrollably annoyed (and then some) when I PMS, so I totally relate to this. Very well done.


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