Sharon Waller Knutson
Bio Note: A retired journalist, I live in a wildlife habitat in the Arizona desert where I write poetry, hike and photograph wildlife. I recently published in Your Daily Poem, Red Eft Review and US Worksheets of which V-V poet Nancy Scott is managing editor. I have enjoyed corresponding with V-V poets, some of whom are my idols, and reading reviews. The support of the community inspired me to write more poems this month than I have in a year.
What the Psychic Doesn’t Tell You
The Picasso-like painter you meet on vacation will not be picking you up at the Mexico City airport when you quit your job to study fiction writing and you will ride a bus with squawking chickens on hairpin curves for hours. You will fall in love with the mariachis and matadors, the guard dog who sleeps in your bed, and the novelist with a wife and kids in Toronto, who will break your heart. The maid will cure your Hepatitis by brewing broths of goats head, chickens feet, onions and jalapenos, from her Medicine Man’s recipes. Even if the psychic had, you would have gone anyway.
Taking the Doberman to the Vets in the Movie Director’s
Limousine in Mexico in the Seventies
I don’t tell him I played Blanche Dubois in the method acting workshop and bashed a beer bottle over the bald head of the Brando lookalike and he ended up in the ER with a concussion because I can tell he regrets stopping on the cobbled street where I wave my arms and Sylvia howls and shows him her sore paw and I assure him she doesn’t have fleas and isn’t contagious because he is handing me a paper towel and telling me to wipe up the slobber before it ruins his leather seats. Good thing the worms wait until we get to the vets before they start crawling out because I don’t tell him about them either.
©2020 Sharon Waller Knutson
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