Hungry for More? from the author of LIE
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

Hungry for More? from the author of LIE

I loved the Hunger Games-- both the movie and the books -- though my female protagonists must work hard to be as brave, as defiant Katniss Everdeen. Are the ones you write or imagine as powerful as Katniss, or let's say, more conflicted?  My female characters seem always to be powerfully conflicted, struggling for answers, for truth. The voice in my poem, "The Idiot Box," is of a  girl, one close to my heart, struggling to understand her childhood world.  As promised, I've reprinted the opening and added the next section. Let me know what you think as this poem unfolds.  It's all in honor of National Poetry Month.  More to come on "The Idiot Box" in upcoming days.  Truly, the author of LIE.

The Idiot Box

My father called it
the Idiot Box
like it was a nickname, or
term of endearment.
I was twelve.
He called me
Toots, a nickname,
a term of endearment.
Sometimes,   
Ignoramus.  
T.V. was always the Idiot Box.
                       *
The Idiot  Box:
knobs, broken off,
a pair of pliers plucked the channels.
The Idiot Box:
black and white,
rabbit ears,
sculpted wire coat hangers
caught the signals.
The Idiot Box:
a Buddha on a woman’s
long dresser, my mother’s dresser,
along the wall in the living room,
bowed to a pair of plaid easy chairs,
and a burnt orange couch.
In front of The Idiot Box:
my mother
peed
through
the bottom of her wheelchair
and was taken away,
a bad puppy,
out of sight.
            *

Truly, the author of LIE.

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