Muse for Monday



We have spoken highly of procrastination on M3. It seems Mantra agrees procrastination is a good thing. This particular poem is not what you expect out of her, for more than just a couple of reasons.


This style of poem is not usually on display on M3. As a matter of fact, I can only find one other poem with a similar scheme in nearly 30 years of poetry.


While this poem barely rates as a medium in terms of the length of poem I prefer to write, it is longer than most Mantra brings to the fore. Mayhap, before I get to the end of the reasons, I may convince myself this is merely my thoughts in rhyme.


This poem contains no real frivolity…unless you consider the administration justice to be frivolous. Which is not to say it is humorless.

MantraOkay. I admit it. This is what I really think, but in rhyme. We will let Mantra sulk because I have hijacked her day.

Though simply titled, Not TodayΒ is a detailed look at retaliation through nothing more than being sincere. It is an act of Karma. Ironically, even those who do not believe the carousel ever truly makes it all the way around can find justice in the end of this poem.

Not Today

There are not many reasons why I’d venture into the fray.
Like so many others before, today is not the day.

The hackles stand high as I listen to the words
Spoken not softly, clumped together in herds.

They’re drum beats of a thousand tinny snares
Yet, insufficient to drown out my daily cares,

Which tug at my memories and wrench my heart,
Pulling at nerves, giving a jolting start.

Seeking solace and silence, I retreat again
Into darkened corridors, for it to begin.

The raising of the curtain on the drama unending,
Which threatens my sanity. It is mind bending.

The contortion of convoluted crap.
The bottomless pit of a miring Β trap.

Lies, bigotry, charlatans: One and all.
Somehow never righteously slipping to fall

Into their own waste-strewn dumpsters,
But inviting us to toxic waters

To steep in their self-aggrandized muck,
With the diabolical wish we’d get stuck

With one free hand holding a rope
To satisfy our undying hope

Of escape from the slime,
While at the same time

From the other end loose
They tie a tight noose

To drape ’round our throat,
Bidding us, “Don’t choke.”

On the sugarcoated pellets of deception
Sweetly poisoning our skewed perception

Of the non-reality they create,
Breeding discord and hate.

There are not many reasons why I’d venture into the fray.
Like so many others before, today is not the day.

For in my other clenched fist
Is an ever-growing list

Of those who shall never see
Even the slightest shadow of me

Darkening their theatres of contrivance.
In their ill-borne efforts to advance,

I become a silent stumbling block,
Appearing at every window, door and lock.

Oh, but not as overt as that may seem,
For you see, in all interests will my effort teem,

Not at the hands of my presence or joining,
But at my insistent remote interjecting

Of truth amidst the half-truths and lies
Which inevitably open others’ eyes

To the constant stream of uselessness
Shoveled without consciousness

By the purveyors and eradicators alike.
Yet, in the end, it is truly a spike

I’d rather drive through your empty heart
Because your head is a stone, hard and dark.

Instead, I choose not to stoop down,
Choose a knowing grin over the frown.

For in the denouement of the play,
It is I the curtain call to pay.

Indeed the victory is sweet,
With you beneath my feet

Crushed by the weight of your doing
Naught by my fervent eschewing.

For you should have listened to
The original warning I gave you.

There are not many reasons why I’d venture into the fray.
Like so many others before, today is not the day.


What is your natural reaction to drama? How do you combat it? Have you ever thought it more satisfying to merely physically hurt those who insist on inflicting you with their drama? Are you prepared for the curtain call? Did this have too much of a Dirty Harry feel to it?

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  1. Incredible, Red!
    Fray or no fray you’ve definitely made my day!
    (Too much Dirty Harry? Is that even possible?!)
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    • Red

       /  April 23, 2012

      After I wrote that (Dirty Harry) I wondered the same thing πŸ˜‰

  2. You’re a tough cookie. Nice.

  3. Nephew is watching The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…
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  4. Red, this is a beautiful, beautiful piece of work, a distinctive poem that says a lot. Tough, strong, and singularly minded . Deep hearted. Deep vengeance available at the chosen time. Almost diabolical. “Make my day” sounds right.
    Oh well, as long as you like cookies….”:)) ~R
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    • Red

       /  April 23, 2012

      I did not have the Dirty Harry feel until I got to the end of it and read it ;P

      • I don’t know about what condition you were in when you read it. Must have been a revelation…I know, the Muse wrote it.You just read it.
        I’m just interpolating the data and dodging the bullets from the .44 …

        I’ll make your day, have a cookie, Red Harry! “:)))
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        • Red

           /  April 24, 2012

          Oh, no. Mantra does not get credit for this one. I did not even put pencil to paper for this one. I opened a blog screen and immediately began typing. I was in the middle of something completely different when this one started. It took me while to get out of the annoying other tabs to get it done, but Mantra was on the bench for this one.

          And do not make me angry when I am armed. I am a very, seriously good shot. πŸ˜‰

  5. too much Dirty Harry ..Woman are you Mad? Mad say! Lol.. guess that answers that question.

    Drama ..sometimes can’t be avoided but I would think you speak of the kind that can be? I roll my eyes… I used to be very sympathetic because I think because in my mind it signaled some need ..needing to be met. But lately I have been subjected to so much drama from one person that ..I think my give a damn broke.. for real.
    I don’t know I seem to be going through some weird shift in my ..way of thinking? relating? something.. but I have found myself uncharacteristically … rolling my eyes…

    One of the reasons I am very reluctant to reach out when I am a mess is that I don’t want to be a drama queen…

    But I am a terrible procrastinator..

    Lovely poem..
    Lizzie <3
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    • Red

       /  April 23, 2012

      Rolling my eyes is second nature. But if I really am irritated, I roll them one at a time. My givadam has been busted a long time. And when you ask because you are on the slide, that is not drama…it is need. Drama needs and deserves zero sympathy. I am an excellent procrastinator! Figure that one out πŸ˜‰

      • Red, I hereby invite you to join Procrastinators RUs, you’ll fit right in.
        Drama we don’t need it’s a p.i.a. and there is nothing that annoys me more than self-serving dramatists breathing the same air… my ‘ givadam’ broke many years ago, I think smack’em and whack’em and stack’em is what we need.
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        • Red

           /  April 26, 2012

          I have long since taken you up on that offer, Ray. Yes, drama is always a PITA. Your theory is very close to a Marine theme: Kill them all. Let God sort them out. πŸ˜‰

  6. I seem to be dropping words and slightly redundant tonight as well.. sorry πŸ™‚
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    • Red

       /  April 23, 2012

      No apologies here. I would spend hours apologizing if I did not have edit capability! <3

  7. Meanwhile I think I kicked you in the ankles lashing out because I was angry at others for hurting people I loved. I should always ask first if they need my defense….I forget sometimes I am not a white knight, but forgetfulness is a sign of age.

    Loved this even for the reminder I am still jumping in with both feet.
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    • Red

       /  April 23, 2012

      Pish tosh. This was merely for something I witnessed. It boils in me the same ferocity I have when I am in the fire pit with it. It appears my frustration was higher than I had first gauged it. I rather look at it as an accomplishment. I vented it without chewing on anyone’s neck πŸ˜‰

  8. Nice piece Red! πŸ™‚

    Time to wreak some havoc on the world – but today is not the day…

    I don’t know about Dirty Harry, but the poem speaks volumes about holding your temper! πŸ™‚

    I never let drama queens disturb me – I looked after one who used to reward her dog’s stealing of her food by throwing it on the floor!!! πŸ™

    Love and hugs!

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    • Red

       /  April 24, 2012

      The dog or the food?

      • The food! LoL!!! πŸ™‚

        I tried to stop her doing it and chased the dog out of the house when it did it, but there’s no easy way to stop a dog once it’s learned a bad habit…

        Love and hugs!

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        • Red

           /  April 25, 2012

          LOL! They can be little stinkers with the begging. I think it is far easier to just put the dog out when it is time to eat! {HUGZ} Red.

  9. I don’t think it’s possible to have too much Dirty Harry! Hey, so far everything your write, I admire.
    You’re as tough as I ever thought.
    HUGZ xx
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    • Red

       /  April 24, 2012

      It is so good to know I am in the company of so many Harry fans…and not Potter. πŸ˜‰

  10. Now that is what I call a kick-ass posting, of course Dirty Harry would just blow them away with that big Colt.45 of his but as for being too dirty, nooooo just about right me thinks πŸ™‚

    Have a great evening Red πŸ™‚

    Androgoth XXX

    • Red

       /  April 25, 2012

      Good. I thought it may have been a bit over the top. Some days…you just get lucky πŸ˜‰

      • Yes but not those Punks πŸ™ lol

        Have a fun rest of evening Red
        and thank you for mentioning
        the ‘Like’ option as I never even
        realised that it had gone πŸ™‚ lol

        Androgoth XXx


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