#Poetry Wed: ​”Prodigal” by Mia Sara (aka the girl from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!)​


I’ve gone belly-up for my prodigal
and his knock-kneed swagger of hit-or-miss.
It suits him, the fall from grace.
Wafer-thin, minty-fresh, proto-punk.
Everything wasted becomes the boy,
crowd-sourced collar of hickeys blooming,
the headless glamour of youth,
all that I’d given up for lost.
My prodigal returns to me
without his keys, his coat, his shoes,
tapping his familiar tattoo at my door
as if I still had everything to give—
a kingdom, a cigarette, a fatted calf—
and all he had to do was ask.


Some mothers fear the worst. They still believe
in the fiction of control. Poor kittens.
Poor mittens. Poor sacrificial cotton socks.
I seem to be the bearer of bad news;
blue-eyed princeling, anime-bright,
articulated idol, towhead intactus.
A smile so sly you’ll forget your lunch.
That smug reflex of maternal pride.
Been there, done that. Took the fall
from the broken bough, cradle and all.
Almost a year since I almost lost him.
Lost the plot. Lost my head. Lost the habit
of believing in a time when “the worst”
was still good enough….”

-Read the entire poem at ​Mudlark​.

Best of the Cranberries Playlist

I made this ‘Best of the Cranberries’ Spotify playlist for myself ages ago. After the shock of Dolores O’Riordan’s death, it seems appropriate to share. It’s pretty much The Cranberries’ entire first two albums plus a few other songs. I still frequently listen to their debut, which is still very much an excellent and unusual album.

The Cranberries were every bit as much a part of the soundtrack to my high school years as grunge. My group of friends once drove around in the snow just to listen to their entire debut album together on my friend’s car cassette tape (yes I’m that old) player. At that time, we’d never heard anything like it. I pinned the lyrics to their song “Wanted” on my bedroom wall and had a heated debate on The Cranberries vs. The Sundays with a clerk at my local music shop (those glorious pre-internet days!).

Like Chris Cornell, Dolores O’Riordan had an unparalleled voice that didn’t receive nearly as much attention as it deserved.

Muruch’s Winter 2018 TV Shows

Check your local listings for dates/times, I pretty much watch everything on Hulu and other Roku streaming channels now.

Chicago Fire
Chicago Med
This is Us

The Flash
Black Lightning
Legends of Tomorrow

The Goldbergs
The Middle
Fresh Off the Boat
Grey’s Anatomy
How to Get Away With Murder

Marvel’s The Gifted
Brooklyn Nine Nine
The Resident
The X-Files

CBS/CBS All Access:
Madam Secretary
The Good Fight
Star Trek: Discovery

Stranger Things
The Crown
Schitt’s Creek
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Marvel’s The Runaways
Moone Boy
The Path

Shows I’ll watch when they return:
Angie Tribeca (TBS)
Atlanta (FX)
Billy on the Street (?)
Code Black (CBS)
Dirk Gently (BBC America)
Doctor Who (BBC America)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Good Behavior (TNT)
Legion (Fox)
Nashville (CMT)
Queen Sugar (OWN)
Timeless (NBC)
Victoria (PBS)