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Perfectly Breakable

Claire de la Grange Avatar    Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled Perfectly Breakable which was written by poet Claire de la Grange. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Perfectly Breakable

Mother buried hacked-up carp beneath 
pink rose mallow. She knew the filthy cats 
would come. A balled-up dirty rag 
and coffee tin of smelly kerosene 
were garrisoned behind a red berry twistwood. 
Mother would hide in a column of shadow 
near the porch. Ambush the cats as they dug 
for carp. Their noses spiced with fish-oiled peat. 
Tails flagged above puckered targets. 
Mother was quick with her kerosene rag — spot on! 
A hush-hush tripwire stretched taut round 
the perimeter of mother’s mortared desperation. 
The sacrosanct, lint-free, perfect world, where 
she demanded God wipe His feet at her door. 
Dear Mother, our Elizabeth Taylor dead ringer, 
who could waltz with kings, or gut them with a glare. 
Ghetto mother, who would murder to keep 
her suburbs white, the cat crap gone, and 
her prize mallow big as Frisbees. I couldn’t 
let it storm on mother. She would get crazy 
if her galvanized tin-roof mind was rattled. 
Her daughter always had to shine. I kept 
the attic window shutters well oiled. Mother 
never heard my bare feet crisscrossing 
the roof, as I ran to catch the rain.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2012 1:40:00 PM
    Time for a new piece of poetry Claire. I await your reentry into the Soup. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/19/2011 11:15:00 AM
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours Claire. Love and blessings, Carol

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 3:07:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest Claire. I wish you the best in the final round. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/31/2011 7:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved feature this week Claire. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/30/2011 6:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Claire