Angel or Monster, or Both

Our sweet (and deadly) Rommy invited us to play with angels and monsters and poetry. I was all for it, of course. I mean, she quoted the greats (Buffy, Psycho) to remind the world that “I’m the thing monsters have nightmares about”, that “We all go a little mad sometimes.” So, here is my poem *wild giggles and delicious cackles*.

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Choose to be
angel or monster, or both—
be a miracle, or The Thing
nightmares run screaming from.

Go a bit mad, break bones
to soul music that inspires
wise children and old fools
to tolerate tamed liberals
and life-drunk poets.

Be a rebel—
love Star Trek and Star Wars
equally (if it makes you happy),
be the queerest adventurous
conservatively wild spirit:

different is beautiful,
identical is gorgeous,
choice is best…

…choose to be.

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the wee notes…
– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads ~ Of Angels and Monsters, hosted by our Rommy dearest. She asked us to choose a quote and create a poem. But since I was feeling extra rebellious, I used four of the given quotes… and threw one of my blackouts into the mix (yeah, I am bad to the bone):
“I’m the thing monsters have nightmares about.” ~ Buffy the Vampire Slayer
“‘Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!’” ~ Dracula
“One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.” ~ Doctor Who
“We all go a little mad sometimes.” ~ Psycho
– While proofreading this mildly wild piece, I noticed the phrase “the thing”, thought of the movie by the same name, and felt the urge to capitalize the words. Seriously, no serious poem would ever be complete without Star Trek, Star Wars and The Thing in it. This has been science fictionally proven, seriously.

37 thoughts on “Angel or Monster, or Both

  1. Yes… I love it, anything goes, just accept it all. Though I think there are monsters I prefer to have somewhere far away.

  2. I absolutely love this, Magaly!❤️ The courage and wit is so fierce especially here; “Go a bit mad, break bones to soul music that inspires wise children and old fools to tolerate tamed liberals and life-drunk poets.” Sigh… beautifully executed!❤️

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

  3. Okay, this stanza makes me infinitely happy:
    “Be a rebel—
    love Star Trek and Star Wars
    equally (if it makes you happy)”

    And oh, how I LOVE to “go a bit mad” (and also moonly).

  4. Love everything about this piece *hubby is a Trek Wars fan*. Was thinking of your wordsmithery this week as youngest was trying to tell me something and used the phrase “disassembly tool”…to which I replied “Oh..you mean a hammer” 😀 Apparently he meant plasma burner but I think it fits hammers perfectly 😀 XXX

  5. At such extremes a soul shows itself forth. What a sublime paradox in “different is beautiful, / identical is gorgeous, / choice is best…”

  6. Choice is a gift we don’t think too much about until it has been ripped from our hands. It is, for sure, a use it or lose it situation. Great advise given in your delightfully cheeky, devil don’t care style. I see you grinning over there! LOL

    • Your first line explains so well why so many don’t seem to value the right to vote. It makes no sense how they don’t defend it with tooth and claw, I wonder how it would be if it was taken away…

      “delightfully cheeky, devil don’t care style” made me grin some more. 😀

  7. I enjoyed the rebelliousness of this poem, Magaly! I love the lines:
    ‘Go a bit mad, break bones
    to soul music that inspires
    wise children and old fools’
    and
    ‘different is beautiful,
    identical is gorgeous’
    and yes, we choose to be.

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