Talking to Myself

~for Monty, after Langston Hughes

Yes, it’s a long line and includes the word fester, but does
that mean it’s impossible? I can do it. I want to do it.
I did the other two. My creative juices haven’t run dry
yet; in fact, with all I’ve been posting, I’d say my cup
is overflowing. I just need a sip to start. And it’s not like
I need to write another “Iliad” or “Odyssey,” just a
simple 18-liner. You know, if my brain were a raisin,
I could put it in a bowl and let it soak up the waters of in-
spiration till it was nice and plump. And then squeeze the
poem out drop by drop. Better yet, what if I made the sun
my muse? Catching those brainwaves, baby! Or
even, getting gross, what if I imagine the lines fester-
ing in my mind and oozing onto the page? Yuck. Like
this is getting me anywhere. Maybe what I need is a
break. Or even…I wonder, would Monty be sore
if I punted? He loved the table poem, though, and
was looking forward to seeing more. Okay, then,
maybe work in reverse? What’s a good line for run?


The third of three poems for Monty Vern’s Golden Shovel collaboration for this month. The end words of each line read, “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun or fester like a sore – and then run?” from “Dream Deferred” (Harlem) by Langston Hughes. “The Table’s Complaint” and “Hunting the Stag” are the other two poems I wrote. Peace to your !

12 thoughts on “Talking to Myself”

      1. My pleasure. Stay tuned for the round-up post to see what I and others did with the same lines. It’s always fun to see the diverse creations.

  1. Love the Golden Shovel form… and love what you did with the line from Hughes ‘Dream Deferred’ (one of my fav poems)…

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