F. Scott and You.


F. Scott Fitzgerald speaks

to me through gin and

chandelier music while I

hibernate in the winter

wasteland of my mind.

No longer mourning

the absence of you.

I’m going to fill up

on vitamin D. D for

determination. D for

deadly intent to create.

Let your snow fall.

I’ll wipe the frost

from my eyes.

I’m going to lock the

door. Watch as time

breaks away.

Disconnect for awhile.

Hang out with the bones

in my closet. I have an

uneasy relationship with

the past. I’m tired of the

unrest. I’m going to put

on my red heels, bob my

hair, and reconnect with

the skeletons.

We’ll dance the Charleston

through every room

until I’m dizzy from

spinning, until I am

unghost and unfettered.

The bones shattered.

The windows of my mind

clean once more.

It’s not about what was.

It’s about freedom.

I pour sugar on the

future and swallow time

in the last shot of gin.

If you ask me

about happiness,

I’ll give you my

wounds instead.

Singing the song of

the swan.

I stick a bandaid

on my heart and

run off with the

jazz quartet.

Fitzgerald nods his approve

as we shimmy off into the

golden- on the edge of a

cliff fall night.

-Tosha Michelle


70 thoughts on “F. Scott and You.

  1. Tosha, this is wonderful … and since I think you and I share an interest in the same time period of American lit and history, let me recommend a good book (if you haven’t already read it): Marion Meade’s BOBBED HAIR AND BATHTUB GIN: WRITERS RUNNING WILD IN THE TWENTIES. I think you might enjoy! 🙂

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      1. I think you’ll love this book then. I read it quite a while ago, but I do remember that I couldn’t put it down — which, for me, is pretty amazing! 🙂 I love everything about that period as well. And gin — and red wine — well, goes without saying, LOL.


      2. No, I’ve never seen that show — maybe I should, eh? Hope you enjoy the book. Maybe I should re-read it now that I’ve thought of it again, 🙂

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      3. I think you would enjoy it. It’s based on a book by the same name and set in the twenties. It’s loosely based on a true story. The acting is superb.

        I’m excited to read the book. Wishing you a peaceful night.


  2. Ooooo, I do like this a LOT, Tosha! Love the attitude, love the snap. Something tells me Mr. F. Scott would be very pleased indeed. 😎 And btw: thank you for introducing me to so much new (for me) good music! Have a great weekend!

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