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Poem: "Personal Histories"

This poem came out of the September 18, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user avia.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the Monster House series, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.

Personal Histories

After the Infamous Bathroom Incident
(for which the monster in the closet had apologized)
my girl and I talked about our special housemates.

"I only found out about mine
when I got evicted from my old house,"
I explained.  "How long have you known yours?"

"All my life," she said.
"He came with me from home
when I left for college."

I tried to imagine the troll in our basement
squeezing into a college dorm room.
"That must have been something," I said.

"Oh, it was," she said.  "Most of the time,
he stayed in the basement of my residence hall,
but the heat in my room was iffy, so yeah.  Awkward."

"Wasn't he lonely?" I asked.
"Nah, there was a nixie in the water heater.
Next hall over had a ghost and a kitsune, so they visited."

"That sounds like fun," I said.
"That Halloween, some of the monsters did a panty raid,
and the girls on my floor were too drunk to scream."

I laughed so hard, I fell off the couch.
"I wish I could have been there," I said.
"I would've loved to see that."

She showed me the Polaroids.

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 20th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
THAT may explain some of the weirdness that went on the semester I lived in the older students' dorm--a kitsune! Goodness knows we had enough Asian students to have attracted it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 20th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


That's pretty much the direction my thoughts were going. Colleges tend to attract things.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 21st, 2012 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

Trust me when I say--of the southern college I was attending at the time--I could believe anything!
(Shakes head and presses lips together...)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

Yeah, I've cleaned up all sorts of college-related mayhem.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 21st, 2012 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

Eeeew. Winces...clean-up?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 21st, 2012 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

People summoning things they can't banish. Get the salt and asafoetida.

People doing love spells and finding out the target is actually a dick. Get the athame.

People whinging about their problems on the couch and refusing to do anything about them. Get the fuck out of my life.

College, wheeee.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 21st, 2012 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

People simply refusing to finish growing up...
Goodness knows how many people I've told: Be careful what you pray for, you might just get it. I suppose it comes as no surprise how many people I've seen in their twenties and even into their thirties who simply do NOT get that concept even after having spent their entire lives hearing Sunday sermons about having faith, about prayer, the Golden Rule and etc., ad nauseum. Most people, even the ones who've been raised in church, do not take their religion seriously any more nor do they realize what can happen because they don't. Even the proselizers don't and when I ask them serious questions about their religion and their depth of belief, it totally knocks them out of their game.
So NOT good.
siege From: siege Date: September 21st, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

One of the things I insist on is, if you're going to preach to me, you need to engage with your own faith; this is because I define religion as a formal means by which people connect with spirituality. If you have no spirit, your words have no meaning!
From: rhodielady_47 Date: September 22nd, 2012 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

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