National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #30 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 30 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Pick out four lines from the last 29 days; incorporate them into a poem that reveals something most people probably do not know about you.

I took this one further—this poem consists entirely of lines from poems I have written over the last 30 days.

Catch me now, I’m …

On his birthday, the seven-year-old decided
he should be sad

Eyes hardened into a glaze
I became a futile gesture

I thought it was a good idea

Pretend this is what you wanted

I have to take seven types of ambiguity a day
then my drooping fists, lumbering, dumb
or shorn of hands altogether

I don’t like to say too much

A catalogue of my obsessions takes many forms

And you have to admit
what should have been obvious from the beginning:
to worry about the current is to drift, rudderless

That’s how the castaways got stranded

Don’t shy away from drowning

We kissed for the last time
licking the sacrament walls
etched into flesh without scarring

I never went back again

There is no relief from grief
the deep sea is hungry

I wish this feeling could last forever
because I’m all out of optimist blue

This is the intermission

Long shadows bring no relief to the past
negation works hard every single day

Always make sure you wear your armour

Be aware that there is more

I imagine you arriving late
everything turns bright

Imagine which shadow you see first

Cameras will record the aftermath

A photograph above a name
the drama of a stray mark

All the words that spring to mind
it could be an awkward conversation
a chance to breathe easy

I don’t know what happens after that

In photographs, she is always smoking

The doors close

In the end, it was mostly waiting
not at all satisfying

This is where we are now

(29 April 2019—posted April 30th)

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2 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #30 (pt. 1)

  1. Thanks for playing along. Some excellent work. Some worthwhile failures. I enjoyed reading your blog and never felt my time was wasted. Keep writing. See you soon!

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