Tuesday, July 12, 2016

GENERAL CURSE AGAINST ONE WHO HAS TRIED TO HARM YOU, a poem with commentary

It seems that what's needed in the fight for justice against your
enemies is a handy basic curse that doesn't require any exotic
additions like rare deathly mushrooms in a boiling pot,
frog's eyelid, bird of paradise plume, unicorn poop, and the like.
Just say this poem good and loud when you feel like it. If
convenient, stand in the dark and under the moon. Maybe you
could face the direction of your enemy's tainted dwelling, if you
know it. Repeat the poem as needed. It will cure what ails you.

Oh: if you happen to be a more spiritual type who has ambitions
to forgive, go right ahead. But keep in mind this tried and true
Italian proverb:
"Forgive. But remember the bastard's name."

GENERAL CURSE

Fish will eat you
and your yellow coyote eyes
bubble to oyster jelly,
your rank vermicelli hair
bolt straight up in terror
on your death, death, deathbed
(sinner don't wait
until it's too late)

and still no one will forgive you,
you may have as many eyes
as hairs on your head
and fail to track the spell:
what went around will come around,
its foot will make no sound.
No use to hide in seams
where even a mole could not go.
Darkness doesn't fall, it rises,
milk you put to your lips
boils red in your belly overnight.
Back and front you'll suffer
in an ape suit of hives,
you're a silver skeleton walking,
your marrow and bone shine.



12 comments:

  1. I agree. Unicorn poop is getting terribly, terribly expensive.

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  2. I "try" to forgive, but... I always remember the name!

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  3. Ms. A--You're wise, it's always good policy to remember the name!

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  4. You're such a word master. This reads like the 10 plagues that my Jewish peeps recite during Passover. Your version, though, is much more venomous and entertaining. I don't tend to forgive or forget. I kinda like being this way.

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  5. Robyn--10 plagues are hardly enough! There should be more. In general I'm with you about not forgiving or forgetting, but a couple times it happened by accident when the atrocious person just slipped my mind after twenty or thirty years. Must take more turmeric to keep the memory sharp!

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  6. I like it! I'm definitely going to use this. But what am I going to do with all this unicorn poop?

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  7. Professor Chaos--good question! Maybe
    put this magical manure among your lilies--seems to me they would grow tremendously!

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  8. Hi Margaret! Love it! I could use a good curse for a couple of folks out there.
    I hope all is going well for you...

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    1. Pat--I hope your enemies are all miserably suffering under their "ape suit of hives" and that your own life is very sweet!

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