National Poetry Writing Month, Day #11

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem ‘in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly [sic] have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does.’ I approached this from a slightly different angle, describing parts of the dreams I had last night/this morning. (Note: Dick’s is the name of a popular chain of drive-in burger restaurants in the Seattle area.)

1
The comedian Titus and I were at the filing cabinet, talking
In the middle of a sentence, I meant to say ‘disk’, but said ‘Dick’s’ instead
We stopped, looked at each other—milkshakes!
as in a milkshake sounds real good right about now

I began pulling stray bills from my pockets
figuring I had enough for a shake
one… one… one… fifty!

Looks like milkshakes are on me…

Amidst the cacophony of voices in the now crowded room
I said I was going for milkshakes—who wants one?
I had to mouth the question several times
but counted six strawberry and two chocolate

2
Roll call for the match against the wrestler standing center stage
The comedian’s name had already been called
I had evaded notice thus far

George! called the man on stage with the microphone
I looked to the back corner, where George Carlin sat in an upper row
I turned back to the front
Wait—which George? We have three…

‘Carlin’

Sorry George…

I turned again to the back corner
an empty chair occupied the space where he had been sitting
Had he disappeared?

I saw movement from the corner of my eye
George Carlin was crawling, cat burglar commando-style, along the side
making his way to the front of the room

3
The spider paused halfway down the wall
I turned my attention back to the screen in front of me

But now a crow, hanging upside down, replaced the spider
Its beak was a dull, dirty brown, long, and curved slightly downward
ending in a narrow point

4
You have no idea what you’ve gotten yourself into, do you?

(11 April 2016)

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2 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month, Day #11

  1. You have some very interesting dreams!
    I like how you assembled the poem, it reminds me of a short theater play.

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