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Poem: "Eviction, Noticed" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Eviction, Noticed"

Here is the second of the poems from October 2008 that janetmiles decided to sponsor today.  Series sponsor ladymondegreen. It was inspired by a prompt from minor_architect.

In case you're wondering, sometimes it is possible to sponsor poems from previous fishbowls.  You can ask, and I'll check my records.  It might have been sold already (and thus might be available for reprint) or might be on some editor's desk (and thus unavailable for the time being) or might be available right now.


Eviction, Noticed


On eviction day,
I was startled to discover
that I hadn’t been living alone after all.
There we all were on the lawn:

the bogeyman from the bathroom
whose job had been banging on the pipes,

the monster under the bed
and his cousin from the closet,

even the little old lady ghost
in her transparent housecoat,

and me.

The policemen who’d come
to escort me out were so dumbfounded
they didn’t even reach for their guns.

As the two monsters cleaned the blood from their claws,
I said, “What did you do that for?”

“Hey, it was our  house too,”
said the monster under the bed.
“We can’t live there with it empty.”

“So what will you do now?” I asked.

“I dunno,” they said.
Then they picked up their luggage and trudged away.




EDIT 2/6/10: There is now a sequel.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: February 6th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kind of hoped the monsters would go with the narrator. Won't they be lonely without zir? Won't zie be lonely without them?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 6th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

I had not thought of that before. Let's see, the narrator didn't have another house at the time, so there wouldn't be room for them. I shall think further on this.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 7th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay...

elionwyr From: elionwyr Date: February 6th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
OH, this is so good!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 7th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
stonetalker From: stonetalker Date: February 7th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
That reminds me of the old Lancashire tale, "The Boggart." I'll have to see if I can unearth it and post it elsewhere.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 7th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes, please!

I would enjoy seeing that.
stars_in_return From: stars_in_return Date: February 7th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
This rocks.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 7th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 5th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh that's great.

At one point, my answering machine message described Fred, the demon who lived in the machine and wanted a message because he got lonely.

I now have a cell phone. I wonder where Fred has gotten to?
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 5th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yip! How have I never seen that?

Oh, oh I would have loved to have a bogeyman to help when we were evicted!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>Yip! How have I never seen that?<<

It may have been posted before you discovered this journal. That one's not recent.

>>Oh, oh I would have loved to have a bogeyman to help when we were evicted!<<

I wrote several poems around that time that dealt with eviction, which was a big issue in the news just then. You might enjoy "The Doll House" too:
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/364591.html
lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: March 22nd, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just blundering through some of your old poems now through your weebly page. Insta-comfort! (It was actually the Monster House poem where the house tells non-visual stories to a child that was I think the first of yours I read.)

--Rogan
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 22nd, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Just blundering through some of your old poems now through your weebly page. Insta-comfort!<<

I'm glad you're enjoying this.

>> (It was actually the Monster House poem where the house tells non-visual stories to a child that was I think the first of yours I read.)
--Rogan <<

There's a bit like that in the new poem "Keepsakes" too.
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