National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #12 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 12 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: An acrostic poem using the title of a favorite movie from the year you were born; the poem should have something to do with a childhood memory. (

I used Irma la Douce and The Pink Panther. Though neither count as favorites, I have seen both of them, and they both came out in 1963.

Inside, after they left, I
remember a straight line through the kitchen to the back door;
my thoughts weren’t of escape, or of
a way out, but more

a light coming through.

Doors, whatever their type,
open up to both sides—
under sun, rain,
clouds, thunder,
everywhere we go.

The hundreds of
hours I spent by the record player,
every one of them, counted for something.

Pretending I was someone else, somewhere else,
inventing stories in my head,
never considering the absurdity of any of them,
knowing nothing outside the reality of the album cover.

a twelve-inch vinyl circle
needed someone
to tell its stories to,
hold its secrets,
entrust the things that no one else would

(11 April 2019—posted April 12th)

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