Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 106

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This week, write a poem about a person. Any person will do. The person can be famous, infamous or someone you know personally. I suppose imaginary friends and/or fictional characters might count for this prompt as well. If you wish, please put the name of the person in the title of your poem. I actually posted on this subject yesterday (click to read the post), and I'll leave it up to you to decide whether to use any of the techniques mentioned.

Here's my attempt for the day:

"Virgil Brewer"

If I start at the beginning,
he didn't talk much. There wasn't
a lot to say. When his father
left for the war, he didn't write
home, because he didn't know how.

So his father disappeared and
reappeared when he finished
his stint. The hills of Kentucky
are filled with coal and snakes. They're not
always easy to see, but some

people were killed by one thing or
the other. Of course, nobody
lives forever. If I start where
he fell asleep after working
all morning, I have to create

a dream. Maybe it was his wife--
the woman he'd marry--covered
in white. Her eyes blindfolded, she
wasn't sure where she was, but he
held her hand and guided her home.

It's not easy to wait for words
that won't arrive. If I begin
where he woke as people hollered
for him to run, he didn't yell,
"Fire!" He stood watching the hill burn.


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