by Luanne |
June 2, 2020 · 5:20 am
Editor-in-Chief Tyler Robert Sheldon has published my poem “When I’m in Charge” at MockingHeart Review.
This poem was written before the pandemic, but it certainly fits this traumatic period of time.
Have you ever wished that you were in charge?
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56 responses to “Poem Up at MockingHeart Review”
Congratulations, Luanne! I always say when I’m Queen of the Universe, there will be a lot of changes. 🤣
I just got a rejection from Mockingheart, but I have to say Tyler sent a lovely acknowledgement about receiving my poems. 😀
Keep trying there, Merril! It will happen. You know how arbitrary it is whether you send the right piece to the right place or not. LOL, yes, Queen of the University is one of my favorites! Hahaha.
Yeah. . .sigh. To be Queen of the Universe is a good aspiration. 😀
Wow, the last line does knock the wind out.
So happy to hear that haha. Yeah, the more we love, the more pain we suffer.
So very true.
Yes, your poem is definitely appropriate for these days, and I fervently wish you were!
Right! And I can appoint you to the executive board or the queen’s council or something.
Could I be your second-in-command? I have a few things I’d want to fix too. Great poem, Luanne.
LOL, certainly! Or I might have to put you on the same board with Sheila (above)! I’d love to pool our ideas and experience for the task ahead. And it would be a little international since you are Canadian! Thanks, Anneli!
Just call the meeting. 😉
LOL! Wait until it doesn’t have to be a Zoom meeting!
Wonderful, Luanne! Those last two lines are perfect as the ending to this poem. Congratulations!I have never sent to Mockingheart, but I like their look!
Thank you so much, Carla! Yes, I do too. I was so hoping he would take something of mine! 🙂
I couldn’t leave a comment over there but want you to know I want you in charge. Also, your photo is terrific.
I’m going to put you on my queen’s council, John. We can’t do this alone, you know! I need to go in and fix the accreditation on that photo. This new editing thing on WordPress has me flummoxed!!!
I’m still using classic. I may never go to the new.
I found even classic to be all weird with the new editor. I hate changes that truly are just changes for the sake of change. Why mess up a good thing?
I agree. I still go into the post from WP administration. So far it acts like its old self.
Can’t find it! AND I can’t figure out how to make it so when someone clicks on an image it opens in a different tab. There used to be that little check box. And the writing is so slow. It takes so long for WP to catch up with my fast typing!
You are on WP.org. I have no idea how to help over there. Sorry. 😢
Nope, it’s dotcom! This is sad. I think maybe they left you in Classic because they liked you better!
Okay. Maybe that’s true. This would be the first time. 😊
With you in charge things would be a darn sight better than they are now. I of course, loved the poem. Don’t we all wish we could wave a magic wand and make things better. Congrats on the publication!
Oh, that magic wand! Mine has been waved and waved and waved and nothing is happening! No sparkles, no good changes! Thank you, Marlene!
Thank you, Jill! You are always so supportive! xo
I’m not sure about that last line Luanne. Am I supposed to feel jarred by it?
LOL, the right answer is that you should feel anyway it makes you feel! But secretly I’m happy if you’re jarred. As I mentioned to Amy, the more we love, the more we suffer. 🙁
Ah, now I understand the motive in removing that particular – er – suffering 🙂
Right. Maybe it’s a sarcastic poem? Is that it?
Congratulations on your publication! I enjoyed your poem. Funny thing. I went on an emperor-has-no-clothes rant just this morning.
I imagine a lot of people are . . . .
I would expect so, yes.
Congratulations on the publication. I loved it and did get a little jolt at the end, too. Well done.
I’ve been reading Kin Types, taking it in sips, not gulps. I marvel at your ability to inhabit different points of view in those short, dramatic pieces. I couldn’t find info on the cover image. Is she an ancestor?
Thank you, Eilene! About the woman on Kin Types. I explain it in this blog post on The Family Kalamazoo (blog post explains how I arrived at the answer, although of course it’s all conjecture): https://thefamilykalamazoo.com/2017/08/23/who-is-that-mystery-woman-on-the-cover-of-kin-types/
That was an interesting story. How cool that you could run images through a “twin” processor! One thing I would say about the two tintypes is that the one on the cover of your book was clearly made from the other. The image was reversed and the boy was painted out. A little bit of the background paint also covered up part of the bow in her hair. But it is definitely the exact same picture.
Sooo interesting. I am 95% persuaded, but for some reason the girl in the photo with the boy looks different to me. her expression looks different, too. Could that happen in the reverse? Maybe? That twin software thing was bought out by a big company and “killed.” That was so sad.
I noticed that when I tried to find it to use it. I was bummed.
You can use any simple photo viewer to flip the image to see that they match. They are just mirror images. I think you’re probably right the the boy is someone she dated but didn’t marry. She liked the image of herself so had it turned right (the image with the boy is backwards, like a daguerreotype would be – you can tell because his buttons are on the wrong side), then painted out the boy and the big bow. Perhaps she wanted a more up-to-date style in the colorized version.
Wow, so crazy. Does sound like they were engaged and broke it off or somesuch.
Congratulations Luanne – it’s fun, it’s serious and it has an unexpected ending!
Thank you so much, Andrea! That’s what I was going for!
Congratulations, and what a perfect poem for these times! Yes, I want YOU in charge 🙂
LOL, you can be on the Queen’s Council, too.
Why, thank you! I’d be honored 🙂
It’s an unpaid position. You realize that, right? The queen’s coffers are empty.
At least it would be meaningful work 🙂
What are these fools doing who can’t see that you ought to be in charge now!
Exactly–I’m glad you recognize my value, Clare! hahaha
Thank you so much!
Congratulations, Luanne, on this publication. This poem filled me with questions. I began to wonder who “I” is when limas went extinct. I wondered what the little lies were. I wondered how the gun problem was solved. I wondered how love and grief could be outwitted. All in all, I was scared. 🙂
Thanks for reading it, WJ! I like stimulating questions!!! Hope your week is a good one.
Congratulations, Luanne! This is a wonderful accomplishment. I found your poem to be very powerful and the final lines haunting. I also agree with John W. Howell that your photo is terrific! Very cool and yet warm. 🙂
Thank you so much, Carol! XO