Monday, August 2, 2010

been breathing too many fumes running after the poetry bus

I'm late for my second trip aboard the Poetry Bus, engineered by TotalFeckinEejit. This week the bus is driven by NANU who gave these instructions:  
We are all familiar with those wiggly almost-words used to verify that a blogger leaving a comment is in fact an actual blogger and not a machine. Yes. Those words are your mission. Collect them this week. Pick your favorite, or several, and include it/them in your poem.

Since I was late and didn't collect word verifications throughout the week all of mine came from last night when I left comments at various blogs -- and one is even an actual word but I'm using it anyway.

Perfume from the Isle of Pligh

This, fine shopper, is no Eau de cologne,
with notes of fruit and twigs and
synthetic fragrance oils
faking a scent of sea breeze.
No sneeze

for I've placed on this pillow the jewel of perfumes
with ingredients harvested from a
lush, secret copse found
only on the Isle of Pligh.
A sigh

now as you twist the tiny platinum cap
on the bottle forged from rare arion -
ah, top notes of chocolate oranges
from the fragrant suastro tree.
You see

in your mind's eye the enchanted cave
where grows the mossy dedmingy
that gives pungent character
to the middle notes scent.
A vent

in the earth reveals the musky modsherp
that eats the seeds of the achabla root
and for our precious base notes we
gather those pods, glean that musk.
At dusk

those treasures are silently brought forth
so the modsherp live on to feast again
on the achabla seeds, and the mossy dedmingy -
protecting the vent in the arion cave -
continue to thrive in the shade of the
grove of suastro trees in the copse
on the Isle of Pligh.

You'll buy?

© MLydiaM



Owen said...

Yes definitely, I'll buy, sounds fabulously exotic and mysterious, enchanting wafts of distant islands. Great job Lydia, that's marvellous.

And gives me a strong desire to go back and re-read Tom Robbins "Jitterbug Perfume"...

Yes indeed, please do continue to ply us with pligh !

Argent said...

Yes, I'll buy! Love the images here and am wondering what a dedmingy looks like.

Erratic Thoughts said...

mmm...I can smell the perfume...
What a great poem! :)

I will buy it for sure!:D
I loved it, loved it! :)

Lydia said...

Owen~ Thanks so much!
I'll set aside a collector's edition bottle for you, and will give you a 10% discount for the tip about Jitterbug Perfume (my reading list grows...).

Argent~ Thank you.:) A collector's edition bottle is set aside for you, too. I imagine the dedmingy to resemble a hedgehog, although I have no proof. I've heard that they are iridescent and that they make harmonic sounds when they walk.

Erratic Thoughts~ Thanks a lot!
I have a collector's edition bottle for you. Let me know if you ever plan a trip to the Isle of Pligh, and I will try to meet you there by the oldest suastro tree. :)

Lydia said...

****ARGENT***~ A p.s. is in order, as I described to you the musky modsherp instead of the mossy dedmingy. (These bus fumes have made me dingy.)
The mossy dedmingy are related to the ancient La Llareta, shown here in image #1. The La Llareta is much larger than the mossy dedmingy and grows in the desert instead of the cave (which is the only place on earth you will find the mossy dedmingy).

Batteson.Ind said...

I'd definately buy!.. I'm a sucker for dedmingy odours :-D
Love the way you took the challenge, would never have thought of putting an olfactory slant on the words.. and seriously well timed too ;-D

Argent said...

Aha! Now I see it! Thanks, I shall take care in caves and deserts in the future as the La llareta could be mistaken by the untrained for a Lesser Defeln, which is venomous.

Melinda said...

What a wonderfully fun and quirky post. And I, like the rest, will definitely buy!

Good job, Lydia!


Darlene said...

Sometimes those captchas can really be funny; once in awhile they are real words, or close to being one and often match the subject on the post. You took pligh to a wonderful level with your perfume poem. Yes, I'll buy.

The captcha for this post is pereastr. If I were to write a poem about that it would have to be an Easter one. ;-)

ds said...

This is wonderful fun--thank you for sharing.
And thank you for stopping by my place today.

And the word veri is "kadan" ;)

Lydia said...

the watercats~ I'm saving a collector's bottle for you also. Glad you enjoyed my attempt this week!

Argent~ The Lesser Defeln is venomous? I didn't know that. Probably not a good idea to use it as landscaping then!

Melinda~ Thanks. :)Great to see you and of course I have set aside a collector's bottle for you.

Darlene~ Wow, you like it too, so a collector's bottle has your name on it. Now get to work on your Easter poem...I'm sure Hallmark will be interested in it. :)

ds~ Thank you for coming over and for your comment! Kadan sounds like a new baby name to me. Actually, it would be a great name for either a boy or a girl. :)

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

yay - so glad to see you on the poetry bus - and such a great pome as well

Keep it up!

Dr. Jeanne Iris said...

What a great interpretation of those 'meaningless' morphemes.

Lydia said...

DFTP~ So sorry to not reply to your comment until now. It waited until Jeanne's comment came in just now to nudge me back here. Thanks for the pep talk.

Jeanne Iris~ Have you looked at those things totally differently ever since this prompt? I swear my mind just spins each time one pops up. I think the affliction won't last forever though...

Judy Clem said...

Lydia, this is my first time on your blog....just surfing around. I am a serious online poet and blogger myself and am glad I happened on your Blog. This is very creative....funny and beautiful. I am also taken with the rhythm. Is this a particular form or one you invented? Hope you don't mind but I shared this lik on my blog.

BTW the word here is "ressi". :)

Lydia said...

Judy~ I am honored that you shared a link to this on your blog, and will come visit soon. So appreciate your kind comments about the poem. As to the own invention, as far as I know (there really isn't anything new under the sun, I guess). I like playing with the visual aspects of poetry, and this is what came that night. :) Thanks again.



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