Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present "The Story" by Anita Haas. Mrs. Haas is a Canadian teacher and writer living in Madrid, Spain. She has
published three books on film: Eugenio Martín: Un Director para todos los
generos and John Phillip Law, Diabolik Angel with her husband, film
historian Carlos Aguilar, and Eli Wallach: Vitalidad y Picardía on
her own. She has also published articles, poems, and short stories in both
English and Spanish. Most recently, her work has appeared in Literary
Brushstrokes and Falling Star magazine.
I found a story.
It fell right out of the sky. Whole. It looked good; a subtle beginning, a
round tubby middle,
and a climactic surprise end.
thought, "What a great story this will be when I tell it, because it's mine
tried telling it, it fell out of me in one piece. Like a cobra's kill. No
swallowed it again, and perplexed, I lay down under a tree, where, like the
cobra, I went to sleep.
When I woke
up, I couldn't remember the story. Not a word, nor a turn of phrase.
has escaped." I thought, and I wandered away sadly.
A few days later, the call of a bird stirred some distant memory.
day, the shape of a cloud gave birth to a song.
in my cider completed a sketch.
terrible discord ended a long neglected play.
thread of my needlework followed an uncharted path.
Like the hen who
feathers my pillow, and the horse tail stretched on my fiddle bow, so my story
fell whole from the sky, flies off in a flock of a thousand silver
fragments … forming endless beginnings,
Poet’s Notes: “The Story” is a reflection on how life affects
art; how both physically and mentally we absorb things. Just as eating certain
foods may result in shinier hair or stronger eyesight, our experiences affect
us artistically. As a writer, I often overhear a great bit of gossip, or
snatch of dialogue and think I might use it, only to realize it doesn’t
fit anywhere. What intrigues me is how these nuggets work their way through the
subconscious and often make their appearance where one least expects.
Editor’s Note: I like the prose poem and fairytale
feel of this poem as well as its interesting take on the creative process of
writing. “The Story” previously appeared in Quantum Leap and The Plum.