September 14, 2021

Pumpkin Revisited, By Sharmon Gazaway

Editor’s note: There is real magic, and cunning, in this poem. The magic and cunning of the fairy godmother—who is absent but hovering—but also the magic of the narrator’s thoughts. This poem reads like a spell or incantation. I knew I had to buy it as soon as I read it. (Kate)

Two little see-through heels tap

a nervous ditty on my echoing

innards—torn from my vine-friends

and homely earth, scraped

clean of gold filigree strings

and seeds, my peachy flesh

slickly cool and hollowed-out.

I just want to know

where are my seeds?

I’ve weathered frost

and hard-bitten midnight

under just such a moon.

It reflects my plump

orange glory, old friends

since I first cracked

the seedcase and burial chamber—

quite the transformation.

And now, this! Gaudy glitter

and in motion. Sure, this is great

but a dry and flighty business:

waiting by a wide staircase of stone

for a slight girl in fairy splendor

the secret in the clock

the mad dash, the magic hour

a thrown shoe

the drama, the tears

(heavens, even a horse can throw a shoe).

I just want to know

where are my seeds?

I’ll show them some real magic.


Bio: Sharmon writes from the deep south. Her poetry is featured in Rhonda Parrish's anthology, "Dark Waters," Sept. 14, 2021. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Forge, Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, Love Letters to Poe, Octavos, The Society of Classical Poets Journal IX, Backchannels, and elsewhere.  


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Sharmon Gazaway said...

Thank you for your kind comments, Kate. I'm so pleased this poem found a home here.

Lynden Wade said...

Beautiful! "Where are my seeds? I'll show them some real magic" - yes, the magic of what sprouts from a seed!

Kelly Jarvis said...

This poem is wonderful! It makes me think of magic and fairy tales in a whole new way!

Stephanie Ascough said...

This does read like an incantation and I LOVE it.

Shelby said...

Love the repetition!

Sharmon Gazaway said...

Thank you, Kelly! Music to a writer’s ears:)

Sharmon Gazaway said...

Thanks, Stephanie! I never feel writing is complete till the reader brings their part to it—I didn’t consciously try to make it sound that way but think it’s neat that others hear that rhythm in it:)

Sharmon Gazaway said...

Thank you, Shelby! I love repetition in poetry and fiction too:).

Sharmon Gazaway said...

Thanks so much, Lynden! Everyday magic right under our feet:)

HulderMN said...

Brilliant pumpkin eye's view of Cinderella!

Sharmon Gazaway said...

So glad you enjoyed it, HulderMN!