For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #111
For We Write Poems poetry prompt: #159 Story Verse
And for Far Write Writing Group: two words agitate, detected
and the phrase a body once living
Awakening A Body Once Living
Feeling down, from kitchen window she watches
golden retriever vault fence on nimble limbs,
disappearing into tall prairie grasses beyond.
The sight surprises an as yet undetected urge
to run free from all these recently agitated memories,
seemingly fueling a train-load of feelings, that
had become stalled at the back of her throat
like dry burnt toast.
With haste, she races through halls of her spacious
home, grabbing, then putting on soft patched jeans
and a faded flannel shirt. Now craving fresh air, wind
swirling through too long unloosed hair, she sees
herself there in the mirror, shocked to encounter
familiar face of a younger Anastasia grinning back
at her. Promises her image that, if she catches the dog,
they might continue to the woods to explore untraveled
paths, rest on a fallen log, collect a few stones, perhaps
finding whatever rapture each might be seeking.
Elizabeth Crawford 6/1/13