In celebration of National Poetry Month, my Friday Flash this week is not a flash at all, but a poem (though if you consider it prose instead I suppose it could be called a flash). Be sure to check out Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD challenge on Writer’s Digest and have a go at poetry yourself, whether you normally pen poems or, (like me), do not.
The Journals: A Life, was inspired by last year’s PAD challenge prompt, to write a poem about “new arrivals”. Though I quickly threw a poem together that day it was quite unorganized and so I’ve messed with it several times over the past year. I hope you enjoy!
The Journals: A Life, by Deanna Schrayer
Battered dun Samsonite filled near to
flowing over, bought sixteen years hence,
from a stranger’s yard one Saturday.
She knows there’s more room – the letters need
only be rearranged. “You can’t take
it with you,” friends mock… yet again.
Thin yellows move aside grudgingly.
Worn creams scoot over, more accepting,
(they are young yet, they know no better).
There are those that were once aflame with
neon glow, dim now beyond color
itself. Dull nothingness, remains.
Tattered scraps dance with joy. Only these
are thrilled with the company, welcome
her new words with a potent hunger,
leap into the dusty air, flutter
about, embracing one another,
glide like feathers to the bottom.
She sits on the lid, blocking daylight
altogether, clasps the lock, wonders,
once again, how many years will have
passed before her eyes feel the need to
touch those words flowed from ink-stained, aching
fingers. What those words will mean, then.
Go here to read a couple of my favorite poems. Who are your favorite poets? Do you have a particular favorite poem?
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