PAD challenge #1 For Poetic Asides Chapbook Challenge
For today’s prompt, I want poets to take one step back and write a “closing the door” or “turning the page” poem. Feel encouraged to get creative with today’s prompt (and the other 29 prompts–for that matter), but here’s how I interpret this prompt: a poem that looks at where a person (or animal or thing) was and finds resolution with the fact that things won’t be that way again.
Rhythms of Beginnings
sounds so final, an ending, where
I only want a beginning. Yet, to start
calls heart to let go, step out, carrying
doubt in a knapsack tossed over shoulder,
small boulder needing release for ease
Perhaps not a boulder, pebbles
but too many to count, mounting
in number with concentration.
Will I finish?
For what reason?
How? And then, when
is the season right for taking flight,
for finally leaving? And just what
is being left behind? Can I really go
forward, before knowing that?
Far too many questions.
Open the sack, tumble it over, let
all those misshapen pebbles fall,
one at a time, onto the ground,
making a mound, like some ancient
altar that marks this place of beginnings.
With no more than paper and pen,
take first step of intention, the next
will follow. As some man said, that’s
why we own two legs, first move one,
then the other.
But, where am I going, how will I know
when I get there? Promptly hear whispering
at inner ear, “You know, have always
known, it is forever in the movement.
Elizabeth Crawford 11/1/10