For We Write Poems poetry prompt #168: Without Thinking
And for Poets United Verse First prompt: Difficulty
Other Moments Like Other Lives Lived
Music and the smell of beer,
cigarette smoke and laughter,
threading way to pool table in back
with a friend who didn’t always
defeat me, would let me win on occasion.
Driving into the state of Montana
for the first time. Incredible mixture of anticipation
built over years of dreaming, and deep fear
that I might miss something.
Sitting crossed legged on bed, window open
to cool evening breeze. Plucking strings of guitar
and singing Amazing Grace softly, only to have
all four of my children appear, each from a different direction,
to join me by the second chorus. We sounded really good.
A non-traditional college student,
a middle-aged road tripper,
and a newly divorced single parent, scared
but grateful for choices made, and knowledge
that we just might make it.
Elizabeth Crawford 8/7/13
Notes: Not sure this fully complies with either of these two prompts. Read them back to back and this came almost like a stream of consciousness, so I grabbed it. Love it when that happens.