12 April 2009

April 12 - Poem A Day Challenge - So We Decided To_

Today's prompt: "I want you to take the phrase "So we decided to (blank)" and fill in the blank. Make that your title and write a poem. Some possibilities include "So we decided to plant a tree" or "So we decided to burn a hole in the sky."" Poetic Asides

Our neighbors got a new refrigerator yesterday, and had the audacity to just throw the box away. The horror. And no, I didn't go pick it out of the trash.

But I thought about it.

Almost Paradise

So we decided to run away to Tahiti,
packed our treasure in a grimy Army
duffel bag and dragged it outside.
The situation rapidly deteriorated
as we argued whether to ride horses
or fly. Horseback seemed more
romantic, and in line with past
expeditions. My brother disagreed,
a plane would get us there faster.
We compromised on a boat, because
Tahiti was on the other side of the world
across two oceans. A plane might run
out of gas and ditch us like Amelia
Earhart. It was cruel of him to invoke
one of my heroes but there was no
arguing with the logic. I was assigned
to portholes, while he steered us down
the Hudson, along the Atlantic,
around Cape Horn into the South
Pacific. We ended up in Australia.
My brother thought wombats
and kangaroos were more interesting
than an island with a sandy beach
and palm trees. I decided then and there,
someday, I would buy my own refrigerator
and leisurely sail the box to Bora Bora,
or even Auckland. Alone.


1 comment:

Gabriele C. said...

Happy easter to you and the corgies. :)