Stop the Music, Only for a Moment

I asked him to stop the music,
the raunchy, thrusting drums,
sounding tinnish, cheap, back
alley, but beautifully persistent
tom-tomming so that I could
open the giant egg on my right,
the casket for Mother’s corpse,
for I needed silence to bring her
back properly, to show her how
her son had survived her be-
littlements, and with great
alacrity, had shed the alligator
skin which she had poured on
in layers of muddy martyrdom,
and show her how I had erupted
from cages, had somehow begun to
like myself for brief moments, all
of which I hoped would allow her
to rest easily in hell rather than
trapsing this earth, working
diligently to finally, decisively
ruin me.


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  1. #1 by Evelyn on July 23, 2013 - 6:46 am

    Lucid, lean and linear. Perfect craft here.
    Excellent poem full of emotion and amazing descriptions like “muddy martyrdom” and “erupted from cages”.

    • #2 by Carl on July 26, 2013 - 9:42 pm

      Thank you, Evelyn. I appreciate your kind words.

  2. #3 by Carl D'Agostino on July 23, 2013 - 7:04 am

    Kinda sums up with my mother too but I was still pained as her home hospice nurse last five weeks of her life as she repeatedly expressed her loved so I guess she did her best despite the persona. The turmoil remains unresolved.

    • #4 by Carl on July 26, 2013 - 9:43 pm

      Mine was Jeckyll and Hyde, but in the end, I love her with all of my heart.

  3. #5 by stillight on July 23, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    Icy – and reads like a cold woman. makes me appreciative of the mother i did have. also, brings to mind the power of a woman – how in her children she can build up or she can tear down and the damage a parent can inflict. hmm… got me thinking, Carl. “) Great poem!!

    • #6 by Carl on July 26, 2013 - 9:46 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Jennifer. I appreciate it. Parenting is terribly difficult, and I think I’ve learned it takes immense energy and compassion. For all of her faults, I know my Mother did her best, and she gave me a lot of great richness in my upbringing.

  4. #7 by clinock on July 24, 2013 - 12:15 am

    Phew Carl – got me by the balls – []

  5. #8 by clinock on July 24, 2013 - 12:17 am

    Sorry – meant to connect directly to video – perhaps you could do this for me…

    • #9 by Carl on July 26, 2013 - 9:48 pm

      Thank you for the link – It works great – I had not heard that song in ages. It is a great one. Thanks for commenting, John!

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