Today is the first day of #OctPoWriMo – 31 poems in 31 days. I hope you’ll consider joining us! Love is the overall theme and today’s prompt is Surrender. This is my response.
It wasn’t until you
that I learned to
that yesterday didn’t
have to define
that true strength
comes from within
Even now when I’m
tempted to resurrect old
I know you will stand beside me
while I revisit old
that you will hold my hand
until my battles subside
Because of you
to this gift
prompts: OctPoWriMo 2018 – Day 1
Once upon a time things were simpler.
Life is different now.
I think of you and an image forms in my mind.
You would have been that boy alone at the library table.
A stack of carefully chosen books in front of him.
I would have noticed you from across the room,
my own stack of carefully chosen books in a semicircle before me.
A fortress to hide behind.
A way to see without being seen.
I would lose myself in the silence that was the rule and which I breathed in with great
I would have noticed you in much the same way you become aware of the other lone
person in a cinema.
Watching a last run film and laughing at the same parts.
I would have been shy, never speaking to you or making eye contact,
but wanting so much to talk to you
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Very few of the adventures we pursue in this life take the path we expect. Whether it is navigating romantic relationships or any relationship, raising children, managing a career or learning to play an instrument, it seems that the notions we held of how things would go are often met with unforeseen, and often unwanted, surprises that criss-cross our path along the way. Nevertheless, our human optimism for putting a plan in place, and daring to have expectations, seems to endure.
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