Become the Uncanny

I know the darkness dancing in my gaze, how the rained-on-muddy-brown that fills my eyes is drunk on midnight and secrets. I glance at your face and feel… the need to invite your soul-tellers to look inside my heart. Can you see what blooms in there? The parts of me (growing deep-deep-deep), the pieces that mirror the bits you (almost) never show to the world? I see you, know you… because strange takes time to find itself. I searched for you and found you because the world is broken, slightly rotten… and I can’t fix it alone.

I’m using my weird
to kick impossible’s butt—
hope is exotic.
Let’s become the uncanny
change that makes happy the norm.

– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.

Of “Coquette”, in Catechism for a Girl on Fire

I have a soft spot, in my wicked wild heart, for irrepressible souls. The same goes for words that show just what said souls are all about. Catechism for a Girl on Fire (don’t you just love that title?), by Shay Simmons, is filled with poems that celebrate the sort of uniqueness that makes the world a wondrous place to inhabit, to love… I found myself saying, “Oh!” a lot as I read Shay’s words. And when I got to “Coquette”, I fell in love.

I’m enchanted by the flirtatious title, the images the whole poem wraps around the mind. I love that the speaker makes a heart out of what others might discard, that she claims her Frankensteined treasure and invites another to love it… even if (to them) it might not look like much. And the ending, oh! the brilliance of that ending, how it leaves us to decide if the resulting nightmares will be bad or good. I’m going for freaking delicious.

You can delight in more of Shay Simmons’ poetry on her blog, Shay’s Word Garden. If you want to read a fantastic review of the entire book, fly over to Verse Escape. To get your own copy of this gem, follow follow this link to Amazon.