It's been too long since I've written poetry consistently. I don't know why I stopped writing poems but today, like Forrest Gump with his running, I just decided to start writing poetry again. So I did. Perhaps not even a glimpse of craftswomanship, but it is a poem and I did write so therefore, it is good.
(Since I love parenthesis so much I think I'll add this: even as I get ready to call this done, the message from the poem tugs at my sleeve. It's all a rough draft, anyway. It's all a rough draft.)
If I was in the mood to write a romantic poem
I might write, “Your train is pulling away from the station –
and I am still here.”
I’m not in the mood for a romantic poem
If I felt like writing a cranky poem
I might write, “How is anyone so stupid to forget to insert the filter
Into the coffee maker before hitting brew?
Nemesis quips “Get a Keurig” –
Wouldn’t happen with a Keurig and I hate quips and Keurigs, no thanks.
Cranky is annoying, don’t want to write it.
If I was in the mood to write a zen poem I might write
You quip. I turn to the interior.”
(We’re getting closer)
I notice thinking in poetic options
Has made my breath steady and light
The half full trash bag in the hall no longer mocks, it waits
My fingers no longer have festering scabs, they’re now healing
And dammit, Pollyanna may stay in place as long as she wants
I feel better when she’s around.
Your train is somewhere between a dairy and a corn field
I sit at my computer. Still here.
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