Musings and Ramblings
I have a notion…

"For Valerie

All girls should have a poem
written for them even if
we have to turn this God-damn world
upside down to do it.

New Mexico
March 16, 1969”


by Richard Brautigan

I have a notion that I should say “Challenge accepted!” to our dearly departed Richard Brautigan. I won’t, because it’s not possible for me to write a poem for all the girls who live in this world, nonetheless…I’m going to devise a challenge for myself inspired by this short poem. Every day until the day of Halloween I’m going to write a poem about a woman in my life - either a woman I know or know of.

Yesterday I started with my great grandmother, whose name I don’t know and whose story I know very little about. All I know about her is that she was kicked in the head by a horse and suffered seizures afterward. She was put in an asylum and more or less abandoned there, until my grandmother went to see her some years later.

True fact.

I’m thinking about pouring a glass of rum
And writing some before bed—
You know…
To get the ghosts out of my head.

This is a winning poetic retelling of how Sif came by her golden hair and Loki’s lips were sewn.

This is a beautiful, beautiful piece. I can’t say much else - the poem speaks for itself.