Micropoetry Monday: The Lighter Side

Mary Katherine McFeeney
of Washingham High School,
Class of 1988,
had been a “Who’s Who?” in her heyday,
but Hellen Devlin,
the girl who’d watched M.K.
since their freshman year—
becoming an unofficial M.K.M. scholar
& penning the M.K.M. Fictionary—
had wondered why & how
“the girl most likely
to spread more than good cheer”
had ever achieved such acclaim,
for M.K. had never known what was what
but rather,
who was on first . . .
& second . . . 
& third,
giving the word “Homecoming”
a whole ‘nother meaning.

Born a “Children of the Damned” blond,
The Girl grew up believing
that she became invisible
whenever she closed her eyes—
only to realize that with invisibility
came blindness,
but as she grew & her hair darkened,
she actually got brighter,
that is, until she became nostalgic
for her happy-go-bumpy childhood,
& she reverted to the bottle,
lamenting the dark roots
that were just a branch
of the Black Irish part
of her family tree.

He had a face for radio,
she, a voice for print journalism.
They were only 10’s,
that is,
if they were added together,
so they married not up
but equal to one another—
with her writing what he said
& him saying what she wrote,
they lived fair-to-middlin’ ever after.

Poem-a-Day November 2018 Writer’s Digest Challenge #14. Theme: Hungry

Blonde with an E

(Based on a true story from one whose roots are as blond as her hair is brown)

Mollie Mohrmen,
always on the hunt for a job
that offered discounted meals,
finally got an interview
at Hogi Yogi
in Jellystone Mall.
When the manager told her
that he was looking for people
who were hungry,
& she said,
“Well, I just had lunch,
but I appreciate the offer,”
the interview was over,
& she never understood why.

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14