*An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art, usually, though not always, images.
“Christina’s World” has always been one of my favorite paintings, though I couldn’t tell you why. I just think that’s how it is with art sometimes.
Wheat-colored grass fields
separate her from the chaff
that has been home since she was
a little stranger,
through kith and kin.
She is at large from her world
that has become small:
and Maine land as far as she can crawl—
not as a child,
but as a woman whose feet trail behind her
like tin cans on a honeymoon car,
her legs like the strings that connect them,
her spirit soaring above the plain.
Sometimes you get tired of hearing the same things, especially if they aren’t true, and these are just twelve of them.
- Myth: Well-done meat cannot be tender. Truth: If someone knows how to cook, they know how to keep well-done meat tender. I’ve eaten meat well done all my life (it was how I was raised; my grandfather grew up on a farm and said if you’d seen as many sick cows as he had, you’d eat your meat well-done, too). If you want to eat it rare or whatever, that’s fine, but the smell of blood from medium rare meat makes me physically ill. I’m sure rare meat is a lot more tender, but then, in that case, completely raw is even more tender. No thanks.
- Myth: Every episode of “I Love Lucy” was about Lucy trying to get into show business. Truth: True fans of the show know that Lucy often spent a lot of time cooking up schemes that had to do with just getting close to movie stars, as well.
- Myth: Men prefer women with make-up. Truth: My husband doesn’t, and my grandfather didn’t. Some men actually like the way women look without it. We need to stop comparing women to barns.
- Myth: All calories count the same. Truth: The calories from an avocado still count, but they count in a different way than the calories from a candy bar. Make the calories count for something, like nutrition.
- Myth: You should be open-minded. Truth: It is okay to be close-minded (and even intolerant) about some things.
- Myth: Good art has to offend. Truth: Does the painting, “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth, or compositions by Peer Gynt, offend?
- Myth: Southerners eat everything fried. Truth: We prefer our peanuts boiled.
- Myth: Poetry is dead. Truth: Poetry isn’t dead, but there’s just a lot of bad poetry out there.
- Myth: Only get a degree in STEM. Truth: Famous and successful philosophy majors include, but are not limited to, Mary Higgins Clark (a personal favorite of mine), Martin Luther King, Jr., George Stephanopoulos, Harrison Ford, Bruce Lee, and Alex Trebek, to name several.
- Myth: Profanity makes characters edgy, and more provocative. Truth: Excessive and gratuitous profanity distracts rather than enhances good writing.