National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 28

I took kind of a sideways approach to the napowrimo.net prompt for Day 28: ‘Describe a bedroom from your past in a series of descriptive paragraphs or a poem.’ I didn’t really give a description, or limit myself to a single bedroom…

Someone else gets under the cover now
and closes their eyes
amidst the dark and the quiet
beneath tall trees
and stars in the sky that most won’t see

I haven’t slept there for years

Someone else looks out the window
but doesn’t see anything that I once saw
think about the things that used to make me wonder
or pretend that they’ll have it all figured out
long before they get to where I am now

They probably sleep in the room down the hall

Someone else hears the footsteps
going up and down the stairs
and decides to give it five more minutes
before getting out of bed themselves

It never occurs to them that they sleep
where I once regrouped after making my escape
or that the red curtains were more than their color

I don’t sleep there anymore

(27 April 2020—posted April 28)


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