Whatever comes out of today's NaPoWriMo prompt should be interesting. It's "to write a poem in the voice of a member of your family." This is followed by various warnings, ie. feelings could be involved. No kidding. Like, what could possibly go wrong? Still, I'm feeling resistance on this one.
I keep thinking of family members whose voices I could borrow: Dad? Either of my grandfathers, neither of whom I remember meeting because they died when I was a baby?
Speaking of babies, what about the one I miscarried? I seem to be leaning towards borrowing a voice that is no longer on the planet.
At least, not that I can see.
What Became of Me
I can't say it wouldn't have been fun,
you and your crazy friends,
your unexpectedly doting families.
What was it my father said,
"just take it to my mother;
she's always wanted a grandkid."
And I'd have loved her, too,
her market garden stuffed with produce,
her prize-winning peaches,
the way she'd drizzle balsamic vinegar
over thick slices of tomatoes
that lounged seductively on lush green basil.
You really weren't ready for me,
your party days at a zenith,
less than no money in the bank,
and my father—seriously,
what would you have done
with him in your life forever?
Still, I appreciated those few weeks
I spent with you. I know I was wanted.
It was I who decided against staying.
As for what became of me—
I live on as occasional memory.
It's all any of us can do.