Collision Course

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Today’s prompt: Write a “loveless” love poem. I wasn’t allowed to use the word love! And I also had to avoid the words flowers and rainbows or thunder, rain, and lines beginning with a plaintive “why”?

I had to try to write a poem that expresses the feeling of love or lovelorn-ness without the traditional trappings associated with the subject matter.

So what better analogy than a car wreck? A bit morbid, perhaps, but I think it works. 😉


Sometimes a car wreck
is the most telling—
Oh those crunched quarter panels,
that bashed in bumper,
that terribly trashed trunk lid,
the tetris-like profile of the wreck.

It's all-telling
and (mostly)temporary.
Ah, but the impact of collision—
that sudden crash of constellations,
that clashing chaos called conflict,
those cataracts clouding up clarity—

well, that can last forever.

-A Draft by Carla P Jordan

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