My Day 18 poem, based on the prompt at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-eighteen-8/.
I’m going to dismiss that one
out of hand
I am an unreliable narrator
and known to play catch-up
with my feelings
So any answer I come up with
has a fifty-fifty chance
of being right or wrong
And if you want details
the chances are
My typical M.O.
is to determine what I don’t want
and avoid that
True, it’s not the best habit
so I’ve been trying to change
I’ve been the most successful
when it comes to deciding
which restaurant to go to
Part of the problem
is that something
is going to go wrong
That’s why I hate that question
about where I expect to be
five years from now
Because whatever I say
something will force me
to change my plans
It’s the same thing here
You know, feelings are irrational
which makes them hard to trust
If I say one thing or another
is it because I really feel that way?
Or is it what I think I should say
because it will make me look better
or because it’s what I think you want to hear?
Or am I responding to something else
and trying to make myself feel better
instead of looking deeper?
I probably don’t have a ‘good’ reason
for my answer
The unreliable narrator thing
is sometimes a problem for me also
whether they deceive, distract, distort, or disguise
or perform outright evasive maneuvers—
words aren’t the best way
to express feelings
(written 17 April 2022—posted 18 April 2022)
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