Kicking the Can

An ogre kicked in our front door.
We listened, safe in bed,
while he demanded
with fearsome fist
meat without gristle,
bread without grist.
He left mother a belter
of a bouquet: purple pansies
bloomed around her eyes,
red roses dripped from her face.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

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Ogre from Le Petit Poucet (Hop- o’- My Thumb) published by Charles Perrault in The Blue Fairy Book, illustration by Gustave Doré


My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: Kick

De is our host for the Quadrille today and she has brought us a forceful, edgy word: kick. This is an early post as I have a busy day. I’ll be linking up later this evening.

71 thoughts on “Kicking the Can

      1. Yes, an online course. It’s the third one I’ve done. Some are really good and some quite well-known poets take part, for example Elisabeth Sennitt Clough and Lydia Popovich,. We have online chats every second Tuesday – we have one tomorrow.

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    1. But so was life. Most of them originate way back when abandoning children in forests, chopping off heads and other atrocities were commonplace…. oh, I forgot, in some places they still are.


  1. That is a power poem disguised as a fairy tale. I agree.. absolutely NO to domestic abuse. In my country a lot is currently being debated over marital rape and let’s hope women abused under the veil of marriage see justice done.

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  2. Yep, this is exactly a true fairy tale should read like–bursting with horror, images that drive the reader under the bed (well, only if he has not heard of the monster who live there). Goodness gracious, this is chilling. And the imagery!

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  3. Goodness! You have a lot of comments hete…and this poem mos def deserves them. Domestic violence is never pretty and you have told this tale in all of its horror. The flower images at the end is heart breaking.

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