Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Tuesday Poem
P.S. Cottier is the editor of Tuesday Poem this week and she has chosen a pithy poem by Lizz Murphy, a poet from Binalong near Canberra.
Penelope says of her choice:
"I love this little poem. It insinuates itself into the brain and jumps up and down there.
The image of two huge lips on a pogo stick raises problems for the literal minded. How do they balance? How do they jump up and down?
These are obviously fashion-conscious lips who like a co-ordinated wardrobe. I love the way that the slightly old-fashioned expression 'cupid's bow' is given new life through the earlier reference to satin.
We see the top of red lips and a real red bow; where one ends and the other starts is impossible to say. Of course, cupid's bow refers to a bow for shooting arrows, but I defy anyone to read the poem and not to think of a bow tied around a present or a pony-tail.