Sunday, April 20, 2014

WHAT BECAME OF ME

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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.


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4 comments:

P.M. Fong said...

You should be bronzed and placed where people could lay flowers and cabbages at your feet and sit on a bench nearby to read your poems out loud.

grieflessons said...

I like PM Fong's comment, but would ask that they wait until you die with no poetry left in you to do the actual bronzing. This is such a touching poem and prompted a few tears. You've joined the ranks of my favorite poets, Linda. Always richness in every read. But, proving I'm not a robot is a pain in the butt every time. Is there any way you can just approve me for life so I don't have to try and try and try. I can guarantee they will always be plaudits, given past experience in reading your work. Judy (Okay--third try. These encoded letters actually give me a headache. I can see three letters in every one. Just have to guess which is the one intended.

Carla Braidek said...

Linda, you definitely have a knack for bring up the depths that lurk beneath the surface of words. This poem is amazing. And I love that it was unexpected. Those are such gifts.

Linda Crosfield said...

Thank you P.M., Judy, and Carla. From the bottom.