Multiple Choices

For Open Link Night over at dVerse Poets Pub, I was inspired by this wonderful poem about Persephone by A. E. Stallings, written as a multiple choice quiz. Political indignation is all my own.

She pitches forward

  • in darkness
  • under cover
  • haunting waking hours
  • with mocking laughter

He wonders quietly

  • at her tangled shyness
  • how such a vamp could
  • where to shut her in
  • why she’s so cold

Their children hesitate

  • on brink of teendom
  • always picking the other side
  • which game to play next
  • to pick up weird vibes

We are so convinced

  • we have motley choices
  • our minds are our own
  • there is a right answer
  • we’ve the right to stun

Entitled in title and privileged, created in our image,

we sit back and enjoy

picking over the poor choices of others.





39 thoughts on “Multiple Choices”

  1. This is a delightfully unusual approach to painting your verbal picture, Marina Sofia! Really creative! A lot to think about, too, which I always appreciate in a poem. And I like the points you make at the end, too…

    1. I came across a video lecture by AE Stallings and she read out the poem I allude to above, which really startled me and awoke me to a world of possibilities, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

  2. I like the way you have described the many choices that one has in life. Interesting to ponder the ‘right answer.’ Hopefully, we each choose the ‘right answer’ for ourselves. But a universal right answer? No, I don’t think so.

  3. what a wonderful idea – and each of us makes different choices – i often wish there would be that one right answer – reality tells it doesn’t really exist…

    1. I agree, Claudia. Only approximations of answers – and often we can’t even think of the ‘best’ answer yet, only in retrospect does it appear clearer.

  4. I enjoyed the unusual format and its thought-provoking quality. “we sit back and enjoy
    / picking over the poor choices of others.” – sadly we do far too often.

  5. Super creative, sparking all kind of poetic possibilities. Perhaps this could be a FFA or MTB prompt at dVerse; seems worthy of emulation, fun could propagate as well, or irony, or chaos.

    1. I’ll bear that in mind, Glenn. It’s a really interesting form, isn’t it, all credit to AE Stallings – and I like her not just because she lives in Greece and loves her mythology…

    1. Isn’t it a fantastic idea? I just really leapt to the chance to try it out for myself when I came across it. Perhaps we can use it as a prompt on dVerse at some point…

  6. What a cool idea! Like you, I’m much harder on myself than I am on anybody else. & you know what, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Too much of anything is a bad thing, though, so give yourself a break from time to time. Great poem.

  7. Being able to make choices is a privilege! Making the better of other’s bad choices release the tensions of failures on oneself! Wise words Marina!


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