Jane Blanchard :: pluff mud ::


Southern Legitimacy Statement: Native to Virginia and long-resident in Georgia, I’m as Southern as Southern can be. (Let’s not talk about the seven-year stretch in New Jersey.) A prominent Mid-Western poet once told me during a workshop, “I could listen to you read the phone book.”

pluff mud

with each shoe stuck
in tidal muck

i start to stumble
then take a tumble

fall on one knee

both hands as well
so spend a spell

in real distress
plus awkwardness

yet up i get
since not dead yet

and home i go
my head hung low