Playing My Bone Blues Away

With your hand pressing ivory circles
on the small of my tender back,
I’ve coughed feverish chills
and felt your fingertips 
play my bone blues away
as I thank my Faerie Godmummy—

no sic here, Miss Grammar nosy,
I had one of those other fairies when I was small
and we didn’t like each other much.
Then a Daydream Believer made me a faery
with enough wit to know
that the best magic is self-crafted.

To my Faerie Godmummy and to the Universe
I thank for unfulfilled wishes.

When I was nine,
I wished to grow up to be a lawyer
married to a cowboy from outer space.
But what space cowboy would stuff a piano in his saddlebag?
Or understand why my fist won’t hesitate to break a bad man’s jaw,
but fall into a puddle of tears
at the sight of road kill? 

No one but you grins happily,
with eyes closed and lips looking for my mouth,
after I lick your ear at the Witching Hour,
and whisper, “Marriage lets you annoy one special
person for the rest of your life.”

“Ready for bed, my Counselor?”

“Not even close, Cowboy of my heart.
Tonight, we ride to the final frontier.”

And just like that,
your hand is again on the small of my back,
playing my bone blues away,
pushing forward with me and by me,
crafting magic that only (you + me) = us can make true.


for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads (Play It Again, Toads! #7)
and here is where I found the bit of fortune cookie wisdom you see below

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  1. So beautiful! A testament that Love truly can heal!

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  2. Such sweetness and beauty in your words. So happy for you!

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    1. I'm quite happy, too.

      So good to read you, Autumn!

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  3. Beautiful imagery and word play as always!

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  4. Love this! Great humor and wit.

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    1. Humor and wit are quite the gifts.

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  5. Warming words and love, two of the universe's most healing elements.

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    1. There is something magical about love and fun... especially when they play together.

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  6. You are in serious danger of writing beauty as well as bewitchment <3 XXX

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    1. I live a life of serious danger, didn't you know? ;-D *CWS*

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  7. A great interpretation of this very true! and hilarious fortune cookie saying. My favorite fortune cookie ever said "The dim haze of mystery adds enchantment to your life." I don't know who writes those, but they rock. And I loved this exploration of the road we travel with that One Person who is able to not just live with but actually enjoy our insanity. ;_)

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    1. You said it wonderfully, there is such magic in sharing our lives with someone who knows how to "enjoy our insanity."

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  8. Evocative and poignant as always, Magaly :-) Whether poetry or prose, your beautiful, and sometimes haunting, imagery never fails to move me - I love it! Keep it coming, girl ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much. And worry not, they seem to be sparkling out of me, ;-D

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  9. Very romantic funny kind of way but this line really resonated with me: that the best magic is self-crafted.

    Marriage made in heaven (or annoyance) - I love the fortune cookie inspired post ~

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    1. I LOVE the thought of "Marriage made in heaven (or annoyance)" lol!

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  10. I very much like how this piece evolves and evokes a relationship between the narrator and the space cowboy. You handled that very well! If I were to offer one observation it would be that the first stanza is lovely, absolutely near perfect, but doesn't seem to match the rest of the piece in terms of the charming whimsy. Just some thoughts! Well done and viva la

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    1. I think you are right, the tense felt a bit clunky.

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  11. There is a subtle lyrical quality to this. It's almost - but not quite - a song. Which of course makes it the perfect tribute to your Piano Man.

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  12. I smiled all the way through this, esp., the final frontier. Wonderful write

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    1. And your smile made my smile even bigger. ;-D

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  13. Awww! That was so sweet! I love the picture!!
    How could you not laugh at my burning hair? By the way, not the only time I caught fire. Once in a very similar way realizedthat my shirt was on fire!
    I got the ''Autumn of the Patriarch''! Have you read it?
    Lots and lots of love. I hope you are feeling painfree!

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    1. I love this picture, too. I can't remember when it was taken--that might be what I love most.

      Your poor hair, lol!

      I read Autumn of the Patriarch in Spanish. I might have to read it in English now, so we can discuss it a bit. ;-)

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  14. May we all thank the universe for unanswered wishes, otherwise I'd be married to one of the teenage mutant ninja turtles (Raphael, if you'd like to know) and I'd be making art for a living...
    I love this image both the one you chose to share with our eyes and the one that your words gave shape to in my mind. Brightest blessings and precious dark moments to your love and you.

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    1. Is the red bandana, isn't it?

      Happy you like what you see. I send your wishes right back, covered in Magaly kisses. May the light and dark find a balanced place for my Sarah. ♥

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    2. You know it! That red bandana is just begging to be pulled slowly seductively off and used to polish his shell. Lol

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  15. I love the passion that travels through this and the use of imaginative naming. Great write!

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    1. "imaginative naming" I like that. ;-)

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  16. The first stanza is really charming - draws one in and "But what space cowboy would stuff a piano in his saddlebag?" makes me smile. Sounds to me like you might have found him ;)

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  17. I love your Fortune cookie poem! What a great tag line~ I love your take on the prompt and the passion throughout your poem! You gave us a sweet poem from a unfortunate cookie.

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    1. There is power (and so much fun) in taking something negative and turning it into something playful and full of light. I really enjoyed your prompt!

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  18. That picture just blew me away. Hands and fingers spelling l-o-v-e, the skin tones, your dress. Beautiful.

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    1. It is one of my favorite pictures. I will share some more soon.

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  19. You create a loving and fanciful narrator in this poem, and the fortune cookie wisdom was perfectly placed. I really enjoyed the piece.

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    1. It was a lot of fun to write. It needs a bit of tweaking, but I'm very happy with it, too.

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  20. Love it! The fortune cookie made me giggle. Mr. LTW says he agrees with it. :P

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    1. Could you imagine a life with someone you couldn't annoy at least 3 times a day?

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  21. Love it and I can so relate!!! The fortune cookie's message made my day...and I shared it with my new one and only! Big hugs to you Magaly. I haven't been out blogging for a long time. So nice to visit you as always!

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    1. Yay, for the sharing of the fortune. I shall go and check up on you soon!

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  22. This is great ... No tweaking necessary ~~

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  23. Thank goodness for Daydream Believers! This verse is plump and ripe with the Moon and honey, Magaly dearest, and displays the triumph of your joy and pleasure over those aches and blues.

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    1. Well, dear Rhissanna, this comment is good enough to eat. *chomp, chomp*

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  24. what a great line in a strong pen - the best magic is self-crafted ~

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    1. It is lasting, and it can be rewritten. So, yep, the best!

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  25. My heart is melting! I LOVE what you wrote and I LOVE that picture!
    I'm getting married soon! ;o) I don't know to who? But, I am ;o) LOL!
    Big Hugs ;o) xxoxoxoxo

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    1. Melting hearts are wonderful, especially when they are made of chocolate. Yum!

      When we find him, I will dance for you and write all kinds of heart-melting bits. ♥

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  26. I will keep that promise ;o) xoxoo

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