National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #6 (pt. 2)

Here I use the napowrimo.net prompt: ‘a poem that emphasizes the power of if.’

‘If’
is the weightiest word
in the English language
filled with hope and speculation
embodying more possibilities
than any other word could possibly contain
on its own

‘If’
is an ambitious playwright
staging scenes and scenarios
dreaming up complications
and drawing conclusions
well before the roles have been cast

‘If’
is a sadistic schemer
an architect of impossible choices
and drawn-out dilemmas
to tease, torment, and torture
to immobilise or impel—
but always leaving the decision up to you

(5 April 2019—posted April 6th)