What a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

The Sister is going to hate me for this one: “Helen Fields Goes First.” Found under the stories tab or by clicking here:

Helen Fields Goes First

An old writing exercise from college, which I’ve always kind of liked for no good reason. I can’t remember the exact instructions, but it fell along the lines of “write a character doing something unexpected” – but possibly with other limitations, though what those might have been aren’t likely to ever come back to me. Please bear in the mind that the only way I can write short stories is to cut out all the interesting bits, or to end them in poetically terrible places. And that’s all the warning you’ll get from me. Enjoy.

(Or don’t. Yes, I see you over there, frowning at me. Both of you, quite possibly; none of us were raised to like open-ended possi-tragedy.)

Have some old junk

Why I Failed Math

I sat and stared with glassy eyes,
My mouth was slightly parted,
Drool gathered on my lip,
My organs dropped, down-hearted.
I shook my head, then shook it twice,
Pinched my arm unguarded,
Already asleep, I knew–
And class had barely started.

I chewed my pen then scratched my ear
And fought to pay attention.
I’ll need this for the test, I know,
Which makes it worth retention.
I sat up straight, uncrossed my legs,
A soldier straight with tension,
And tried to then convince myself
That class was worth the mention.

Minutes in, abrupt, I blink,
And realize I’ve drifted,
Subconscious just as bored as I,
So through my memory sifted.
But naught was there to interest me
So back my focus shifted,
To faraway, to lands unseen,
My mind and spirit lifted.

I never meant to post this, but this is what happens when you promise a soon-to-be blog post days ago and never get around to writing it. I wrote this bit of nonsense in college, during one of my nursing courses if I remember correctly. But that’s a story for another time.

(Also, I never failed math, the title was just easier than “Why I Failed Nursing Statistics and A Course on Proper Needle Safety Techniques.” Which, for the record, I didn’t fail either. So I guess to be truly accurate: “An Explanation in Rhyme Which Discloses, in Part, How I Realized that Nursing Was a Reckless Career Choice for Both Me and Any Future Patients Counting on my Care.”)

I’m not planning to officially put this under my poetry tab. I like it well enough as a placeholder, and we’ll leave it at that.