A flight of followings. I saw the collage tonight, and thought colour of madness. I read Michael’s Mona and thought “I wish I was more like Mona.” I read the Wordle words (in italics). Then I free wrote with little editing (too tired to edit these days). The * are footnotes; read at your leisure.
I so loved the ringside seat given me by your madness. Coloured my world in a lapis lazuli glow. Acrobat, chameleon, mad hatter tea party dancer.* When life smelled brimstonish, you waved cyprus tree branches. You enabled me with your strength. A serum, a tonic, a fillip. Your refusal to ever be obsolescent or mawkish. No false sentiments smelling of green/pink-iced cupcakes left in the rain.** Bowerbird*** performance to attract me: day bed of froth and frill, then tossed and forgotten like our clothes. Hands as gentle as whispy dandelion parachutes. Tracing. Tickling, teasing until I wore the dress of flowers you made me, and you, the crystalline, colour full crown I wrought from my heart. You winked as you lay in your coffin. Moonlight and madness prevail.
* Been thinking of a series of commercials from the 1970s featuring the “Tetley Tea Folk Folk Dance.” An animated group of tea testers in floppy hats and lab coats danced in a circle with bells on the toes of their shoes.
Image from Bing.
** Believe it or not, shopping today I hear “MacArthur Park!” I often find the lyrics below running through my mind when I’m in a lot of pain. Like I was when in the drug store.
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh noooooo
*** Bowerbird: “They are renowned for their unique courtship behaviour, where males build a structure and decorate it with sticks and brightly coloured objects in an attempt to attract a mate.” See: NatGeo for an amusing short video. Also see these two videos. The first is a full episode (49 minutes) that includes the bowerbird, and the second a shorter video with just the bowerbird. Both star David Attenborough.
A bowerbird’s bower.
And, these days, I either can’t stay awake or can’t fall asleep. Guess which this was created during.