National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #18 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 18 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: If you had to have one word tattooed on your forehead, which word would you choose? Include that word in a poem three times; try making it the third word of every third line in a poem 12 lines or longer.

I could not think of a word I would want on my forehead—not least of all because I would not want that word to limit how anyone might see me. And if I could think of one, it would either be in teeny-tiny letters in the middle of an eyebrow, or in invisible ink. For the purposes of this poem, I went with the invisible ink variant…

If you were to come in close
for a better look
you’d see               in [large/small] block letters

If you were to ask me
what it meant
I’d say               is in the eye of the beholder

and deeper understanding
in whatever form that takes
will give               its true meaning

‘But why is it [there/not there]?”
I know you mean well
but this               is not a conclusion

If that is all you see
be aware that there is more
than only                       

You must see beyond that
if you are to see me

(17 April 2019—posted April 18th)


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