A Cupful


a cupful

of my ancestors fill up

the mosquito’s guts


This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem #701, Ancestors, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Tim Buckley –

5 thoughts on “A Cupful

  1. Now this is a neat perspective —! Yes, I guess so. 🙂
    GREAT choice of music, too — the man’s voice was amazing. Especially Phantasmagoria from that album — wow.

    Fun post 😀

    • Once the mosquito arrived in the haiku I knew at once I’d add this song to the post, but I didn’t know about this live album until I was searching on YT [shakes head, sadly]

      Speaking of live versions, do you know this performance of ‘Song to the Siren’ from the Monkees(!) TV show?

      As for the haiku, yes, I started tracking my ancestors back – the Blitz, the potato famine… till I ended up back in the swamp, where sat a mosquito looking pleased with himself 🙂

      • Ah, it’s the Monkees! — very good! — I’d seen it before but hadn’t known the source! Thank you. This song is a favorite — in fact, was talking about Tim Buckley the other day and shared this same song. Isn’t that odd?!?

        The live album is breathtaking. He seems to be one of the few artists who was actually **better** when he performed live – as opposed to his studio recordings. (Phil Ochs was another one.)

        But I’m rambling again. Sorry!

        Had to laugh at the swamp mosquito —!!!! Well, every family has a shady character or two. 😉

      • Hey, I’ll have you know that the Blake family mosquitoes were very highly thought of in the erm, y’know, blood-sucking world! Good eggs, every one of ’em 🙂 It was at the next evolutionary stage that I think we started to go wrong… 😦

        Another of those curious coincidences, clearly 😉

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