Today’s prompt was one gleaned from the poet Betsy Sholl. This prompt asked me to write a poem in which I first recall someone I used to know closely but are no longer in touch with, then a job I used to have but no longer do, and then a piece of art that I saw once and that has stuck with you over time. Finally, I was to close the poem with an unanswerable question.
Happy writing to me! Happy reading to you!
When the sun is laid to sleep,
Darkness drips in desperation
The universe shifts and suddenly
I become your enemy.
Wordless and wry, my will resolves
into Nothing that will matter.
But why then does hunger remain?
Hunger is hereditary—
I read that once in a poem,
At least I think I did. I can’t
Seem to separate the silk sails
from the flagpole standing still
But my strong knees and stiff back
Can carry the weight of my will
So all is well. Or is it?
When the inky black beckons me
To lie down among the lilies,
I resist. I draw all that is good,
but the leaves still fall. Tell me why
do the leaves insist on falling?