2016 Poem a Day Challenge #19


April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Take the phrase “Star (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem.

Startlingly

After his death we felt gone,
like time without a picture to recall it.

Lying beneath the elaborate shadows
of the waxed summer moon, heavy and black
like eternity, startlingly,
she said indelicately
that our sweetest days were behind us
and easy to part with.

I did not show or tell
but dreamed the moment over,
only to see her shake and whisper,
frantic to stop aching,
bandaging wounds with grafts of
our bare skin, wound together
as if the light falling on her breast
were a collection of photographs
taken when we were still alive.

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