Sunday, April 11, 2010

NaPoWriMo #11 - Half of life is just showing up, oh well

Half of life is just showing up, oh well

Yes I often stay at home.
read a book or give the cat a lap
curl up in a quilt and take a sumptuous, stolen nap.

Think of all the wonders I might well have seen
were I a more ambitious chick
and less agoraphobic queen.

I 'd have taken all the workshops,
heard the concerts, seen the shows
won laurels on those days that I declined to even go.

- Mar Walker

OOH --   I seem to have way too many "what ifs"  so chosing one for the poem was over my head today.  Don't like this result and may write another later...

The Prompt:
Everyday we make choices. Some are small: English breakfast or Lipton? the highway or back roads? Some are more significant: convertible or mini-van? farmhouse or condo?
Some choices lead us straight into the life we’re living, but for this poem, think about one of the things in your life you didn’t choose.
Be concrete. Pick an object — something tangible* — and write your poem directly to it, as if you were writing it a personal letter. Explain why you didn’t choose it. What could things have been like if you had? Talk about what your life has become without it. See where the “confession” takes you.
*As an alternative, dig a little deeper and write your poem to a person you left behind.