The end of the poem-a-day challenge is near, and I realize I’ve been avoiding the “form” prompts all month. So today I decided to give it a go, combining the tritina challenge at This Is Not A Literary Journal with the Poetic Asides suggestion to write an “Important ______ ” poem. Got a little sappy with this one, as is often the case in my first drafts, but in the spirit of the PAD challenge, I’m posting it anyway.
Important Moments in History
Starting small in a city so big,
bachelor suite, in a muddle of buildings that blocked the sun.
My hand-carved table and your vintage Pepsi cooler, sharing the room.
From the dirty window of the hospital room,
you looked for proof of something this big.
A photo of the rising sun.
We bulged like the sun,
finding ways to make a little more room.
The space a child fills is infinitely big.
This house isn’t big, but there’s sun in every room.
Today’s emphasis on what’s important reminded me of the wonderful, tongue-in-cheek poem, simply titled “Poetry” by Marianne Moore.