PAD Challenge #16 For Poetic Asides (two for Tuesday)
1. Write a stacking poem. The poem could be about stacking objects. Or it could be about stacking ideas, stacking the deck, stacking the odds against something happening, etc.
2. Write an unstacking poem. Just the opposite of the first prompt. Unstack objects or tear down the obstacles stacked in your way, etc.
Sorting This From That
There was a time when I made
a commitment, heart and soul,
to do whatever I could do. Have
Gave you a home, when you had
none, a place where your face smiled,
and knew certain permanence. Listened
to your pain, breathed it in, made it my
own. Lived each moment as though
there were no others, thought to teach
how to see another way of knowing.
Alone, my voice could call you from
whatever darkness held you in its grasp.
Simple key to unclasp lock that bound
you. Would softly say you name,
and you would come, emerging slowly
from those shadows.
Now, all of that is done, long behind
us. You left home we created, built
another, and kept long silence.
Am no longer certain of place,
or space, in which I stand. You
reach hand, then swiftly withdraw
it, as you recede further into darkness,
I can not enter. My center has moved,
while I choose to live, you wish to die.
My voice now, only an echo that catches
your ear, still hear it, but all too soon
forgotten, as you drift farther away
each day, yet still want to play this game,
where things remain the same, when they
never can be. Where I am home, left alone
holding pieces of heart and soul, and only
pain owned, is mine.
Elizabeth Crawford 11/16/10