Saturday, October 20, 2007


(Joan of Arc by Janeen Banko)

Regret and longing
can draw and quarter me
I wish I could take it back
I wish you had loved me more
I didn't notice, or I noticed but
I didn't know what to say
I ran through my chances like
M and Ms in a bowl while I
watched TV too much

It's amazing how little people
can get by on

I read that Jeanne wrote letters
in prearranged code: Any sentence
followed by a carefully inked cross
was a lie, her friends knew.

She recanted, then
found a second wind. I can only
imagine the Cardinals' fury.

I saw an old man who had been young
in the Battle of the Bulge, saying
in one pocket was an extra pair of socks
In the other some K-rations
He rolled his blanket with string and
hung it over his back; all else was
bullets. He didn't change clothes
for six months.
What kind of a father did he become?
When his child wept because the
mashed potatoes had lumps, was he

© Maggie Jochild, 20 October 2007, 11:20 p.m.

UPDATE: There's now a reaction to this post by Jesse Wendel over at Group News Blog.


kat said...


Jesse Wendel said...

Stunningly beautiful.

May be my most favorite poetry of yours I've yet read.

Just... wow Maggie. Terrific stuff.