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March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

April PAD -- Day 2

Prompt: "Put yourself in someone (or something) else's skin and write a poem about the experience. Who (or what) ever you become, please make that the title of the poem. If you're Buddy Holly, your poem should be called "Buddy Holly." If you're the Bates Motel, your poem should be called "Bates Motel." And so on."

This is tough for me since I don't normally title short works. It's hard enough to think up a title for a novel. And titles always seem to be redundant in short poemes at least. I suppose I could have titled my previous one "First Novel." That would have changed the meaning a bit instead of letting the last line -- "Page One" -- carry it. So, I have some thinking to do before I post this one. I'm leaving this message open until I figure it out.


I'm so cold and empty inside.
Five o'clock and I listen,
But no car approaches;
No door opens.
No food cooks in my kitchen --
No smells wafting up my empty stairs
To entice my children to the table.
It has been so long since I have been warm.

A sound.
A car in my drive.
A family, and my agent.
Children laugh as they run through my rooms.
Snatches of hushed conversation:
A little older than we wanted;
Nice job with the master suite;
Pretty pricey.
They leave.

If only they knew
How much I long
For the joy of their company.

Well, maybe you can tell we've been house-hunting lately. I've seen more empty houses in the past month than I ever thought to again. Maybe I heard something there. :-) Poem A Day in April at http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/.


I really like this poem. Obviously, you're a great writer.

First line really grabs me.

Thanks for posting.