Posts Tagged ‘godmother’

The prompt for Day #13 is here.

I’m looking forward to working on this one, honing it down, revising it.


The first leg took us
under flatpan grey sky
to the local pub,
eyes trained on
her cowboy-booted, blue-clad leg,
past a yard of palms
conjoined at the base,
like Siamese twins
fully fused at the root
but sprouting differences.
This leg featured
her college freshman discourse,
revealing her changed—
more social, less bookish.
The pause in the walk,
the oasis, the pub,
brought good food and insecurities,
the painful self-awareness of the young,
but with openness and trust.
The kerfuffle at the table
—the ever-present cell
bringing news of debt
and parental distrust—
ruffled her feathers and self-defense.
But the sticky toffee was a revelation,
when she could focus on it.
The second leg,
return trip home,
in darkness and chill,
filled the air with
reassurances of life’s learning curve
and you’ll-be-fine’s.
Then on sofas, pensive,
with woodsmoke and candle flame
revealing the easy bruises of youth,
we all learn (still) to
plan for the future
but live in the now.


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