F-Words – A Tautogram Haiku

Fake facts finding fools

Fantasy forcing future failures

Funny? Fucked.

I found this image on Facebook from a friend of mine who had posted it. I am not sure where it came from, so if you are the owner of this image (or know who is), please let me know so I can make proper attribution and/or compensation for using it here. Thank you! UPDATE: Thank you to The Mellow Curmudgeon for finding the artist of this fabulous drawing. The artist is Rick Fausto. You can find the original work at https://rickfrausto.com/products/don-the-con.

This haiku was originally going to be a light-hearted, funny little thing using Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #260 – Future as the inspiration and Donna Matthew’s call for tautogram poems at the Go Dog Go Cafe for the structure. However, as often happens with my writing – the poem decides to take a different road.

If you haven’t guessed, the assault on the Capitol building in Washington, DC has been on my mind. Not only is there a pandemic, but there is an assault on American democracy. The fallacy of the American Way and the American Dream has been laid bare. As an immigrant, a woman of color, who has been steeped in this fabulous fable, finding out that this fairy tale is actually a “fairy fail,” has filled me with sadness, anger, disbelief, indignation. It’s the same feeling I had when I found out that Santa wasn’t real – somehow, I knew deep down inside that a man coming down the chimney to give me gifts was too good to be true, but still really hoping that he was real.

Disillusioned disappointment is tough, no matter what the age.

©️ 2021 iido

The Laughing Mermaid – A Cascade Poem

He fused her legs into a tail

Isolating her to control her

She had the last laugh

She thought she could change him

But he kicked that notion out of her head

He fused her legs into a tail

She fought at first then realized

He had changed her mind to match her body

Isolating her to control her

With her last pearl of breath, she took his

Hardening her skin and heart and resolve

She had the last laugh

The picture above was the prompt from Hélène Vaillant’s “What do you see?” Challenge. I don’t know where the photo was taken (Hélène mentioned in the comments that was looking into that) but it does bring to mind the Hans Christian Andersen story of “The Little Mermaid”. Unlike the Disney version, the original telling does not have a happy ending.

I’ve never liked this story since it is all about the Little Mermaid changing herself and sacrificing herself for a prince who doesn’t even “see the real her”. My feminist heart bristles at that implication since it sets the stage for so many of the negative and/or unrealistic messages that women get about what it means to be in a relationship. What would be a better narrative, a better fairy tale, about relationships?

©️ iido 2018