NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 21

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Today the challenge was to write a poem that uses lines that have a repetitive set-up. So I started my process wondering, and the poem began to write itself.

The Blind Man

I wonder
exactly what I have
in common with the blind man
who lives on Crescent Street
and the hip hop artist
who plays at the club.

I wonder
what secrets we all hold
hidden inside our mouths,
behind our teeth, buried
in the clear, translucent
whiteness of our eyes.

I wonder
why making secrets seems
so easy, but keeping
them eats us up from the
inside out; why certain
things weigh more than we think.

I wonder
if we aren’t all like the
blind man, seeing only
what we can touch with our
own two hands, believing
our own imagined truth.

I wonder
as I cross my fingers,
cross my arms over my
heart and take a deep breath
why, after all this time,
hope for change never dims.

—a draft poem by Carla Picklo Jordan

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