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Poem: "Literally and Figuratively"

This poem came out of the September 18, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Monster House, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.


Literally and Figuratively


When other high school students started getting jobs
flipping burgers or delivering pizza or things like that,
I began to wonder what I could do.
With the Eye of Fate,
I could see some things but not others,
which made working in a crowded kitchen risky,
and driving a car was right out.

Then the bookstore on the corner
posted an opening for a part-time gopher,
someone to unpack boxes and carry books
and do little things when the owners were busy.
So I went down to We've Got It Covered to apply.

The scholar's ghost grinned and ushered me in,
then puttered around the room during the interview
and generally made it clear that the owners had better  hire me.
Which they did, and I got to work immediately
setting up the chairs for the writer's club that evening.

My brother came, as he often did,
with his best friend Melinda and her grandmother.
The table was covered with reference books
and busy writers and note pages full of critiques.
The bookwyrm twined around the legs of the chairs
and climbed onto Melinda's shoulder
to breathe very quietly into her ear.

After the writing and the reading were all done,
I cleared away the reference books
then brought out plates of cookies and pots of tea.
At the end I carried away the dishes
and wiped down the table,
helping the owners close up for the night.

I was glad that the little bookstore
always seemed to have something for everyone,
including a job for me.

"They really do have it covered,"
my brother said as the shades rolled down in the windows.
"Yes," I agreed, "literally and figuratively."

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: September 20th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the Scholar's Ghost "sitting in" on the interview.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 20th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Well, he's going to be working with her too.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: September 20th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
He's not the only one who's going to be working with her, though. The decision's not all his.
e_scapism101 From: e_scapism101 Date: September 20th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOVE! This series just gets better and better!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 20th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That's always fun to hear.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: October 7th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I like it.

This part confused me:

The table was covered with reference books
and busy writers and note pages full of critiques.

The table was covered with busy writers?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 7th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>> I like it. <<

Yay!

>> This part confused me:

The table was covered with reference books
and busy writers and note pages full of critiques.

The table was covered with busy writers? <<

Yep. Some people will sprawl on a table while writing or thinking, or reach across it to get things. I've seen tables so covered with paper and people that you couldn't see the wood underneath.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: May 2nd, 2018 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Slightly off topic, but it's Melinda the same girl as the mare's tail cloud girl?
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