Monday, December 17, 2007

better judgement-----Read Write Poem/Monday Poetry Train

I picked out the words(in bold) from the novel, Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult for no particular reason than that it was kept right in front of me. I had liked this book very much. I offer this for Monday Poetry Train too.

after sending him to school-
she sat down with her book
jotting down from it for her impeding case,
which was much like a crossword puzzle.

phone ringing had her get up from her chair,
absentminded, she answered it.
in a moment, her blood curdled-
picking her stuff, she drove out fast.

huddled amongst other children
her son sat quiet, no words coming out.
he hardly reacted looking at her.
her heart sinking, she held him close.

he refusing to look her in the eye.
taking him to a doctor, she finally
knew, he had been molested by
someone they had trusted him with.

with no witnesses, case can not proceed
wheels of time would destroy her son.
blinded with rage, taking law into her hand,
against her better judgement, she killed

that molester dead, right inside the court
in front of hundreds of witnesses-
journalists descending like vultures to record.
in saving her son, had she sold her soul?


Anonymous said...

holy moly!

amazing the journey on which random words can take us

J. Andrew Lockhart said...


Andy Sewina said...

What a story! It's one of those no win situations. I like the way you managed to incorporate all those words.

Sparky Duck said...

Jodi is a great writer, usually depressing as hell, but a great writer

Whitesnake said...

Well done ............. Is all I can say.

Anonymous said...

Not something I can comment about my friend.

Lisa Andel said...

Powerful poem.

Anonymous said...

*stunned silence*

You never fail to blow me away with your contributions to the Poetry Train. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Wow. That ending is unexpected -- and raises a darn good question, too.

I have a question, though. Did you find it hard to pick these words and write something original, or are there echoes of the book's plot in here that, since I haven't read the book, I'm not picking up on?

Linda Jacobs said...

I have been on a Jodi Picoult kick all fall and I love the books. I haven't read this one yet but will have to now, for sure!

This is a tremendous poem and put me right there!

satyr said...

all stories could use a review like this. smile.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Like Missy, I'm always amazed by the calibre of the poetry you come up with, on the spot. This is great:
'phone ringing had her get up from her chair,
absentminded, she answered it.
in a moment, her blood curdled-'
Really whips the direction around and it just keeps spiraling from there.

Don Iannone, D. Div., M.Div., MA said...

Yes, what a story. You write so well, Gautami.

Jill said...

That is greatly done! I think I would feel just the same as her if I would learn that somebody would have molested my future children!
Greatly done Gautami!

Tammy Brierly said...

Jodi is a favorite of mine too. You used her words in a chilling tale. Well done!

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting to write a poem in response to another work. It extends the meaning of the novel, and your poem.

sister AE said...

What a story! It isn't the kind of book I'm drawn too - it would keep me up nights, I'm afraid. I'm hoping your poem won't either :-) though it is powerful and poses quite the question.

You can see my effort at

Romeo Morningwood said...

She did not sell her soul.
She did exactly what needed to be done...
and I would know.

Crafty Green Poet said...

You used the words well. I've never read anyhting by her, I have to admit

Rhian said...

Wow and wow and wow Gautami.
I read this thru three times and each time it delivered more of a punch. The topic is also something I've thought about.

Anonymous said...

I can almost see myself switching places with her...molestation of a child is a crime that should be punished- and only death would be right! ...Jodi writes so well, as a parent, I often worry about reading her books as they are so real! And your review, superb!


polona said...

another powerful and poignant piece!