Cray-Cray Francie – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 24

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“Today, I’d like to challenge you to channel your inner gumshoe, and write a poem in which you describe something with a hard-boiled simile. Feel free to use just one, or try to go for broke and stuff your poem with similes” [from: Day Twenty-Four (]


I’m not someone who indulges in hard-boiled crime as a rule (even when I used to care for the Crime Section in an Edinburgh branch of Waterstones back in the noughties, and would chat to Alan Guthrie in the staffroom sometimes) so I was a bit stuck.  I decided to just write whatever nonsense jumped into my brain, and read it back to myself with the New York accent you always hear in the movies.

Works for me 😉



It had been one of those days

When just the sun streaming through the glass

Had sent her mind into spasms –

Seeing hapless cooked kitties on windowsills;

Steam rising from the bones

Like with succulent chicken meat

‘Til she could almost taste it.


She then balked at herself, because:

Who becomes hungry at the prospect of baked cat?!


Hot dogs maybe,

Onions sweating like Nora Batty’s ankles in summer;

Ketchup dripping down her arm, reminiscent of Uncle Jimmy’s

“Arterial accident” last June.

She wished she hadn’t gone there.

Fresh memories swarmed around the confines of her brain,

Tapping at the back of her eyeballs as if

She could let them back out to the sweet flowers

on her mantlepiece.


Stick with the flowers, Francie,

Keep thinking the happy thoughts;

He’ll be home soon and you can hide in his embrace

Like re-entering your mommy’s cloying swaddling cloth.


Well, I may not be that hard-boiled, but I did bake today…Empire Biscuits, at Youngest’s request…so I’m off to enjoy one with a cuppa!  Take care, all 😊


Monty X

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2 Responses to “Cray-Cray Francie – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 24”

  1. Jane Wright Says:

    Your poems are getting more and more original and interesting

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Thank you, Jane.

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