Hayley G. Hoover, one of my favorite YouTubers, posted a poetry writing prompt on her blog:
“In your poem, include at least fourteen of the following items: a statistic, a dish eaten cold, three forms of heat, a smell you can’t forget, a line from a movie, something out of a textbook, two things you wish you had said, a reference to an aunt or uncle, some kind of moving vehicle, two words beginning with R and ending with “-ion”, a stage direction, two distinct hours of the day, an historical figure, an adhesive, an animal only seen up close in the zoo, a slang expression (“call it quits,” for example), something really bad that you did, something that undermines or negates everything else you’ve said.”
I managed to fit all the items in. Here’s my poem
“Here’s looking at you, kid” he said
Toasting success to the best- the two of us.
And I didn’t respond, despondent silence
Louder than any shout, I hesitated.
I should have spoken, said something
Bring my congratulations to the surface
instead of mirthless fear but I didn’t.
I should’ve said “To us!” “Mazel tov!”
“I love you,” true every one. I said nothing.
Pungent, like fish weeks past their prime,
he stared at me, the world a train moving
Removing any distance between us
As I ate an 8 o’clock spaghetti at midnight,
Cold in a way no microwave or stove could restore,
Fiery glances passed between us, like a gust
Of death, come to cheer up the evening
that had begun so well, now gone bananas.
FDR said fear fears itself. I disagree
Revelation of reintegration between words and mouth
brought out this response: “Let us digress
to a non-relative discussion, percussion
Reverberation of static and non-static existence.”
I feared myself, my heart
No uncle, cousin, sister brother, father,
mother- dearer was he and I said
Nothing. And I was 72% sure I loved you.
End scene, drop the curtain down
Drown out the sorrowful glance of rhino
Behind glass at the zoo, so close
I could reach out and touch it, if it were real.
Reality gone haywire, clinging like duct tape,
Absorbing everything. I take it back,
it’s better I stay silent, reliant quiet
in face of the tangles of the unrealities
Unraveling in my head. Better to say nothing.
Hope you enjoyed! Any comments, questions, or critics are appreciated.