skank/goddess (not a nice girl)

this is raw woman,
unfiltered like her Pall Malls
and not quite housebroken
sharpening her acrylics
on the good furniture
the kind you don’t
give your address
because you just know
she’d drive across a continent
without restroom breaks
shouting blues off-key
over the speaker noise
and with the reason for permits
filling her pocket with iron and lead
because she thought you’d call
when you said you would
and she’s tired of waiting
for your sorry ass

in another place
she would be the priestess
bleeding out a sacrifice
and her tats would have power
beyond the butterfly
on her shoulder
and the ex’s name
inside her arm
thumbing her nose
at Leviticus

but here, she’s just female
never tamed to lady
though you can comb
out the tangles
and lather away smoke
until you find beautiful
some animals are safer
to keep caged

the problem is
you have to catch her first
which is tricky
when she is the hunter
chasing you

*** for Georgia

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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70 Responses to skank/goddess (not a nice girl)

  1. ruleofstupid says:

    Personally I’d lose the ‘mp3’ line. (Mp3 usually has headphones, so not too loud – and she’s shouting anyway?)
    Great ending though. Didn’t know you’d met my mother! 😆

  2. Ha! Susan you could not have gotten this more right! I’ve known a skank/goddess…I actually might be related to a few 😉

  3. alice keys says:

    Susan,
    Very fun. How can you flitter from tender child to skank goddess in one day? You are an amazing poet.
    Alice

    • Alice–thanks so much. Hmmm. That’s a good question. The skank/goddess is female, while the mother is a woman, with all the differences that entails, and some of the similarities. One is feral, while the other, while not “tame” per se, is mature, but can still laugh at the S/G hiding inside each of us–though thankfully most of us can keep her buried, where she belongs. Uhh ohh–has the poet said too much to the psychiatrist yet? 😉

      • Susan,
        I’m grateful that I was given more than one hat to wear in this world. I seem to have left the psychiatrist hat plugged in the charger back in another state. I hope we don’t bury S/K too deeply. There’s a lot of energy there. Oops. Has the psychiatrist said too much to the poet yet? ;-))
        Alice

        • Oh, I think we have said fascinating things to each other already, and looking forward to more conversation! I think there is an untamed, mostly untapped energy we have as women that can be accessed when we need it. It might just take over and define some more strongly–or at least more strongly than the rest of us want to deal with. I am certain it is not limited to women either (so sorry, gents, if I sounded sexist).

          By the way, my daughter saw you wrote werewolf books on your Gravatar, nosy little thing that she is, and she asked me to get the first book of your series for her Kindle–she adores all things werewolf. Will let you know what she thinks.

          • alice keys says:

            Gosh. Now I’m the flustered one. What a nice thought. Thanks so much for getting Claire de Lune for your daughter. I wrote Claire on a dare from a girlfriend. Then my 11 year old boy liked Claire and the werewolves so much he insisted I write more. I just finished the fourth a couple of weeks ago.

            “Untamed energy”. I was surprised at the protective animal ferocity that arose inside me when my babies were small. I still carry this, just a bit more deeply concealed so as not to embarress them.

            I would love to hear what she thinks.
            Alice

            • Awesome, Alice–I will let you know what she (and I) think And, yes, we have to float that energy lower as they get older–but we know it is still there, if needed. Almost done working for the night (yay) so am going to log off the PC and enjoy the rest of 2012. Wishing you a very happy new year.

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    This is excellent, Susan, and I badly want to meet this person suddenly, or at least write about the fantastic image you just planted in my head.

  5. Love!!! (this may actually be my theme song)

  6. Miriam E. says:

    whoa, Susan… what a woman. I’m fascinatingly terrifed – brilliant poem.

  7. mobius faith says:

    Oh my. She sounds interesting. I just don’t know whether to embrace her or keep running.

  8. jmgoyder says:

    Fantastic – I like her!

  9. Ahh Shades of Fatal Attraction sprung in my head – excellent Sus – amazing.

  10. paulaacton says:

    I loved this I have a weird image now of Boudica displaced in time driving down a motorway about to kick ass lol 😀

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  12. BroadBlogs says:

    Wow Susan! Thanks so much for the poem. I’m glad to have been your muse once again.

  13. BroadBlogs says:

    Reblogged this on BroadBlogs and commented:
    Susan Daniels wrote this poem, inspired by yesterday’s BroadBlogs post. Enjoy!

  14. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    That first stanza (especially) simply rocks.

    I think I have told you before that some of my favorite poems of your are ones that explore defiance and are uncompromising. This is one of those poems. You really do this well and you do it right.

    • Jeremy, thank you so much. Do you remember the rather off balance astronaut who drove across country in a diaper because she did not want to make bathroom stops (I believe it was because she was after someone’s wife)? This character is rather loosely based on her. So glad you liked it. I feel like this woman represents raw femaleness at its best (and worst) at once.

  15. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Reblogged this on The Sand County and commented:
    Susan at her best (in my humble opinion).

  16. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    And can I be tongue in cheek about this for a moment. I read this and I read the response piece and I kept thinking of this:

  17. You were brave to get this close to her! I couldn’t do it: I am too scared of discovering that she is more like me than I’d care to admit…I can see her future, and it’s very Thelma and Louise…wonderful character; beautifully drawn. ::-)

  18. Ashley Sinclaire says:

    Susan, I love this poem. Can I post it on my facebook page?

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  20. Susan,
    This poem really grabbed me. Enjoyed the images throughout… especially the tattoo bits.
    Great poem!

    Stephen

  21. nelle says:

    Sounds like an interesting character. 😉

  22. Never underestimate the power of a woman, or should I say the female? This is excellent, full of energy. 🙂

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