For more information about the narcissus flower, visit the page where Carlos M. Herrera’s photo appeared: http://www.arkive.org/narcissus/narcissus-longispathus/image-G82859.html
The narcissus flower was named after the young man in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection on the surface of the water and drowned as he bent to get a closer look. In psychology, a “narcissistic personality” is extremely self-centered. When such a person is given a handheld device, she can alienate her Facebook friends with her incessant “look at me!” posts. After putting up with all her shallow status updates about being “sexy” and getting “sexified,” I finally hit the “unfriend” button. Then I went and added seven more people. These were visiting poets who had depth.
In this poem, I call her “Dorothy,” and in a previous one from January 2012, I referred to her as “Alice.” Had she not professed to “love Spanish” and expressed a wish to reach out to others, I would not have been so angered. This was clearly a case of not practicing what one preaches.
Somewhere Over Your Monochrome Rainbow
Dorothy, go back to Kansas
and take with you
your toothy smile
and your peachy complexion
and your bleached blonde hair.
You’ve been wandering
your twisted Yellow Brick Road
for far too long.
You say: I’ve just gotten the best haircut and color ever
and I must admit I look damn sexy!
A girl has to look good
to kick butt!
All this you proclaim
on the eve
of your Spanish interpreting oral exam.
(smhh shaking my head hard)
Says the Book of Proverbs: Pride goeth before a fall.
If you love Spanish so much
then learn about that other Dorothy–
the one who was raped and killed
months after they assassinated Oscar Romero.
And who’s Oscar Romero
and who’s they?
Use your handheld device
for more than drowning
in your own reflection
and look it up.
And in the meantime
you Narcissus flower
bent hungrily over your screen
no I will not like your photo
with the hamburger smile
and no I will not tell you
how pretty you are
and no I will not praise
your attempts to post in Spanish
with your perfect inverted exclamation points
and not an accent out of place.
I would rather see an accentless a, e, i o or u
and no punctuation at the beginning
to warn us of an impending whirlwind exclamation
and poor grammar:
the indicative where the subjunctive should be
because you pampered princess
in the comfort of your own living room
you don’t know the first thing
about the cultures you profess to embrace.
Go back to Kansas
you jaundiced self-absorbed little Dorothy
without even the redemption
of helping the Scarecrow find a brain
the Tin Man a heart
and the Cowardly Lion courage.
Keep looking past the bald wizened man
behind the curtain
and keep searching for the special effects
of the almighty Wizard
somewhere over your monochrome rainbow.
Forget the ruby slippers
since you never left home
in the first place.
You wouldn’t know a cyclone
if it swept you away
and dropped you
on your inflated head.