NaPoWriMo, Day 20 (Day 27 for Everyone Else): A Bit of Levity after Elegy Day

Hello! Today’s poem is prompted by Rachel McKibbens’s Writing Exercise #81 from April 24: “Write a big juicy mythology of someone.”  Ahem:


When The Adonis walks to the Reference Desk
the fingers of the intern flutter to her neck.
Like the fly suddenly prostrate on the sill,
she cannot even pretend to look busy.

He is Apollo gliding into Circulation,
where the bar-code scanners beep faster
and the Christmas cactus on the counter
shudders instantly into bloom.

When he whisks upstairs to Special Collections,
one archivist looks up, drops his pencil;
the other blinks while her ovaries clench.

The mothers down in Children’s wish
he would just go all Zeus on them.
When he enters, the children flock:
Daddy, Daddy, book me next!

6 comments on “NaPoWriMo, Day 20 (Day 27 for Everyone Else): A Bit of Levity after Elegy Day

  1. You like mythology a lot, don’t you? I absolutely love the detail about the Christmas cactus. Vivid, precise, and just perfect.

    • Thank you so much, Marilyn! Yes, I kind of have a thing for mythology. I never studied it as a kid, so I’ve been reading up recently, and it finds its way into my poems pretty frequently.

  2. Doug says: too on that cactus deal. But the whole thing is so damn tight. Must have watched this unfold from on high. It’s fun and very well done.

  3. Jennifer, I love this! How fun!

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