Politics and Poetry

I’m not like some who memorize great reams of poetry and can always find an appropriate quote.  I like to pick up a book of poems and look though it until something catches my attention.  Then, I’ll read it over and over for several days.  Or, I have a friend who often posts poetry on her Facebook page which I read.  And it makes me happy that The Writer’s Almanac is back.

So the other night I was thumbing through Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times and this short poem by Ginger Andrews caught my eye.

Lying around all day

with some strange new deep blue

weekend funk, I’m not really asleep

when my sister calls

to say she’s just hung up

from talking with Aunt Bertha

who is 89 and ill but managing

to take care of Uncle Frank

who is completely bed ridden.

Aunt Bert says

it’s snowing there in Arkansas,

on Catfish Lane, and she hasn’t been

able to walk out to their mailbox.

She’s been suffering

from a bad case of the mulleygrubs.

The cure for the mulleygrubs,

She tells my sister,

is to get up and bake a cake.

If that doesn’t do it, put on a red dress.

 

I had to look up mulleygrubs.  Turns out it also means the blues or sulks; a despondent, sullen or ill-tempered mood. (Merriam-Webster)

I think a lot of us are looking at the current political scene and suffering from the mulleygrubs.  So it is worth finding a red dress – or shirt – or baking a cake.  Maybe Aunt Bertha is right.

3 thoughts on “Politics and Poetry

  1. Hi Maya, Glad I’ve kept Fort Left where I can click on from time to time and glad whenever there’s a new post. Thanks for all of them for years. Still in Richmond — on North ARTHUR ASHE Boulevard. I see there’s a box to be notified of new posts, so I’ll check that. And maybe look for a red shirt. I have an apron. Definitely want to avoid the muleybugs.e Glad I will now be notified of future posts. Cheers, Dabney

    • Thanks, Dabney. I stopped blogging for a while mostly because I felt so discouraged and depressed and thought I’d just be repeating myself. I’m going to be at my 50th St. John’s reunion in September – hard to imagine!

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