In Samantha's Shoes

Dinner’s in the fridge.
Don’t forget Tabitha’s bedtime story.
Make sure Darren Jr does his homework.

I’ve laced up my take-no-prisoners,
Valkyrie-on-a-broomstick, hell-yes
you’ll-hear-me-roar boots.

You smiled at me,
while I decided between
belladonna or datura -
made me want to reach
for damania instead.

I love these boots.
But I also love the slippers
we’ve made of our love -

the warm, mmm-so-cozy,
love-rare-lazy-afternoons-with-you,
strong-enough-to-go-through-the-wash,
still-sturdy-after-so-many-years slippers.

But tonight, there are great, odiferous, pestilent
hydras to contain and a coven waiting for me to rise.
“The hydra doesn’t stand a chance,” you say
before we kiss and I fly.


Shoes and Books by Magaly Guerrero


Process notes: Belladonna and datura are poisonous plants while damania has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac. 

This poem was inspired by the prompt given at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Poetry Through the Eyes of Carol Ann Duffey and the picture prompt given over at Friday Fictioneers. It is also linked up with Poets United: Poetry Pantry 350.

58 comments:

  1. Oooh!❤️This is absolutely exquisitely penned, Rommy! I love the idea of love being "strong-enough-to-go-through-the-wash, still-sturdy-after-so-many-years slippers" sigh.. when in a blooming relationship, one tends to walk in both sun and shade, love how you end this with; "The hydra doesn’t stand a chance,” you say before we kiss and I fly." Beautifully penned. Thank you so much for participating!❤️


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. Thanks Sanaa, and congrats on your first prompt :)

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  2. Love the "take-no-prisoners, Valkyrie-on-a-broomstick, hell-yes, you’ll-hear-me-roar boots". Exuberant!

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    1. That was just such fun to think of, I couldn't not write it. :)

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  3. Your descriptions are so wonderful, ranging from kick ass sexy to lovey dovey comfort and security! Your writing is so good, Rommy! It is always a treat to read it!

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    1. Aw! Thanks Sharon. You are the sweetest! <3

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  4. Great poem -- the 3rd verse rocks in particular! I went and read the prompt too. I love Carol Ann Duffy's poetry.

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    1. Sanaa has inspired me to look deeper into her works. Yay for new poets to discover!

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  5. Oh, this is now a new favourite! I love the tone, and the details ... and how nice to catch up with Samantha and Darren after so long, and find they're still going strong and he's become so comfortable with it all. :)

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    1. That was what I was going for - just some fun and smiles.

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  7. From boots to slippers...wonderful!

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  8. Yes, I shrouded the phrase, "Hear me roar!" when I got to the end of this poem. There is nothing I don't love about the piece. I love how it speaks of life, love, and being.

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    1. This was just so much fun to create. Your picture was really wonderful for my imagination.

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  9. "I’ve laced up my take-no-prisoners,
    Valkyrie-on-a-broomstick, hell-yes
    you’ll-hear-me-roar boots."

    Love that! I may need to borrow them!

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    1. We should all have a pair of boots like that in our closets :)

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  10. Beautiful. I love the description of the boots, but the slippers made of love, cozy and strong, are brilliant.

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    1. Thanks! I was really hoping to get that sweetness across.

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  11. I am learning a lot through reading your poetry. I love this one with poisonous plants, washed rugged slippers and those kick-ass boots! Hugz, Rasz

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    1. Cool! I'm no Miss Frizzle, but I'm glad to have passed on a little knowledge with my light-hearted piece.

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  12. you would certainly bewitch me :) ~

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  13. Dear Rommy,

    I definitely heard her roar. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  14. Hi Rommy! What comes to mind, as I read your piece, is a fierce yet laid back character that has all the power to enchant. Delightful read!

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    1. I am glad I was able to get that level of detail across :)

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  15. An interesting take on Bewitched. I guess Darren finally learned to appreciate Samantha for who she is, or perhaps Endora cast a spell on him. Either way, great fun and a very enjoyable read.

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    1. LOL, true I paint a much rosier picture than ever seen in the actual sit-com, but I reserve the right to tale poetic license and update it for the modern era. A modern Samantha wouldn't stay with an unsupportive Darren.

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  16. Loved where you took the prompt.
    Well done ...
    Isadora 😎

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  17. Magic, love and romance doesn't get better than this.

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  18. I cant tell you how much I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!! this poem! Every word and every line, no use quoting them all. LOVE it!!!!!!!!! YAY! Way to inspire us all to get out and kick some ass.

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  19. The analogy with slippers and boots is brilliant. Bravo!

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  20. What an evocative ending!! I enjoy the idea of 'kiss and fly.' Picturing this and smiling!

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    1. I really like the way the ending felt too.

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  21. Brilliant! Clever! Your words: loop-the-looping from my laptop screen ... trailing from that broomstick. Love it!

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    1. Woot! That's what I was going for.

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  22. One of the beauties of being human is being able to be different whilst still fitting in. How well you demonstrated this with concerns over the childrens home work and the need to battle the hydra all in the same night without batting an eyelid. I really loved it.

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    1. I really like playing with the idea of the fantastical in a very ever day sort of setting.

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  23. The best journeys begin with slippers (I suspect)

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  24. Boots and slippers for stomping. Love this poem!!!

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  25. Who doesn't want a love like this....with a partner who understands, and supports, the need to fly!? Love the imagery here :-)

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