O Blathering Daughters

O blathering daughters, please button your lips!
The skulls in the hallway know all of your quips.
They’ve listened in silence for some fifteen years—
Inscrutable beings without any ears!
They’ve heard of your skirts made of velvet and bone!
They’ve heard all your whining ’bout living alone!
You can’t smooth your wrinkles, O doddering ones,
So prowl in the pantry for cinnamon buns!
Enjoy your sweet repast, the crumbs on your lips,
And watch the ballooning of breasts and of hips!
The skulls in the hallway? Ignore them, my dears!
They’ll listen forever, although they’ve no ears.

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Posted on July 14, 2019, in light verse, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Rhyming poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Oh gosh, now I’m desperate to know the back story! Meanwhile I can see them all, AND the skulls.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      For some reason, I like the skulls too. Obviously, for I mentioned them twice!

      On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 1:31 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. This one flows beautifully and paints a warm picture

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’m glad you think it’s warm. Others think it is rather sinister—which just goes to prove, I suppose, that a poem’s “meaning” is in the eyes of the reader, whomever he or she may be!

      On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 1:35 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  3. I love this! The rhythm and rhyme, the tone, the visuals and the humour. A wonderful read!

  4. this is funny and sad all the same time to me.

  5. I was hoping you would post to your own blog site as the given words were a test to say the least.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I have to confess that I was almost stumped myself. That was a difficult list!

      On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 3:56 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  6. Actually this poem gave me chills. Especially the ending, which seems to have a sinister tone.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I find it interesting how different people read the same poem and come away with differing impressions.

      On Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 5:05 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  7. This is deliciously spooky!! ❤️

  8. I didn’t find this sinister at all. I thought it was so clever and wonderful advise to not listen to those earless ones.


    Ha ha! Skulls with not ears and no eyes to see you, but they know!

  10. I’d like to echo the need to hear the rest of the story! I wouldn’t be averse to spending an afternoon listening to blathering accompanied by cinnamon buns. 🙂

  11. A bouquet of interesting images. Especially the auditory ones…and, of course, the skulls. There is always something gripping about a chorus of sneering skulls.

  12. Needless to say: love the rhyme (which you do so masterfully well). I was really struck by the mingling tones in this (as the diversity of opins would appear to confirm … funny, sad, warm, chilling … ) I would add a touch of droll sarcasm to the mix. In any event, I would have to say that whatever direction your reader goes in, with this piece … it is a fascinating ride.

  13. Love the different places to which your words can carry the reader. Well done!

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