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.