A couple days ago, I read one of Bill’s poems. He’s over there doing NaPoWriMo and this particular challenge asked him to answer the following:
- someone I was close to, but I am no longer,
- a job I no longer do, and
- art that I saw once and that stuck with me.
- I was to close the poem with an unanswerable question.
I told him that sounded like something I would like to try as a few things came to mind. He challenged me to do it. As I am sitting in Miami Airport waiting for my beau’s plane to land – three hour wait, thank you very much, what better time than now? Hope my charge lasts as I cannot find a place to plug in!
Before and After
Pots and pots of tea; game after game of Rummy 500; smoking Belvedere Extra Light
We took over the dance floor, breaking only to sip our one Zombie that lasted all night
Love was found and a wedding ensued (I was your maid of honor), to boot
You had two kids and the marriage did crumble but we were there for each other, without a grumble
And then one day, I know now why, we drifted apart and before resolution, you went and died
Summer is the time, and drive-ins are a thing
Filling the popcorn, and cash register pings
How many times can you see the same scene?
E.T. hides in the closet and then Gertie screams
A lifetime ago, I do not regret
Go back there one’s more? I’d have to say no.
Pictures can’t do him justice; they could never come close
To see him in person; c’est pas la même chose
How can a slab of marble be so beautifully sculpted?
Michelangelo’s David is a marvel undoubted
As I stood in awe, marvelling at this work of art
I couldn’t help feeling an ache in my heart
All these things we experience make up who we are.
How would I have been any different if any of these
never came to be or happened at another phase of my life?
Would I appreciate my life any less?