This week, write a service poem. Originally, I was thinking of service as a car mechanic or server at a restaurant, but there’s also military service and general services that people provide to each other every day–sometimes even free of charge. Writing poetry could even be considered a service that the poet provides to his or her readers.
Here’s my attempt:
Yesterday, a lonely man spotted a penny,
which he picked up immediately, because he
thought they were rather lucky. “Maybe today, I’ll
finally find love,” he thought. Then, a woman smiled
and asked, “Do you, by chance, have some jumper cables?”
The lonely man did not, and he was headed out
to buy some bread. Still, he thought of the woman’s mouth,
how it might kiss or smile from across a table
set for two. The lonely man bought a loaf of bread
and swung by Sears for jumper cables. He wanted
love and had a lucky penny in his pocket.
While there, he decided to purchase some socket
wrenches, because you can never have too many–
just like collecting a hundred lucky pennies.
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