Tuesday Poem: ‘Baubles’ by Karen Douglas


Words lounge on the corner
looking for an idea
to cruise by and offer
them a lift to the fun house,

a gang of words escaped
from hacks wearing
hot pink gloves.

A premise pulls to the curb
in an antique hearse
open to the weather.
Clouds and thunder

crack the brain box—
rioting banshees run
loose in the world,

angel tongues play
saxophone, tuba mourns
trumpets hang
tinsel on the light poles.

Rain and remorse overcome
the travelers. The plot line
snaps. The moon
is raw dough
from a cold oven.

Enter a ragged man
who reeks of gasoline.

First published in 2013 at Blue Five Notebook, here. The poet also offered a commentary about this poem: “Writing this poem was just plain fun. Language is so crazy, so hard to control, that I tried to imagine words as characters, since characters are often made of words.” More at the Blue Five Notebook page, including a photograph that accompanies the poem.


About the poet: Karen Douglass lives in Colorado with three dogs, one cat, and her family. You can visit her at KVD Books. Her books include Red Goddess Poems; Bones in the Chimney (fiction); Green RiderThinking Horse (non-fiction); Sostenuto, (prose poems) and The Great Hunger (poems). A new poetry chapbook, Two-Gun Lil, was published in 2012.



Also, for interested people, don’t overlook the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize competition, with a deadline of March 14. Sarah was friend to many Tuesday Poets. I did not know her personally, but her poetry sings. And this is a wonderful way for poetry to be celebrated. Details here.


Tuesday Poem is a collective of poets who share poetry on a weekly basis across borders and time zones. At the TP hub this week, you’ll find a wonderful poem posted by Hub Editor Catherine BatesonIambic pentameter by Patricia Sykes — plus poems by the various TP collective members.  Look down the left-hand sidebar and click on each one to see their weekly contributions.

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6 Responses to Tuesday Poem: ‘Baubles’ by Karen Douglas

  1. CattyB says:

    Loved this from the madcap beginning to the sinister end.

  2. ajponder says:

    cute use of prose taken literally 🙂

  3. Leah says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing Michelle.

  4. Thanks for reading — yes, I like this one quite a lot. It has whimsy but also something deeper…

  5. pscottier says:

    The change towards the end is almost like a volta in a sonnet. Here, it touches on the difference between jazz and blues.

    I love the anthropomorphic view of words throughout.

  6. khan951753 says:

    Thank you for your coments and following me! I follow you too, i love your style! kisses!!
    Love text messages

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