Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 137

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Wow! It has been a busy week since last Wednesday. Things are only now starting to slow back down a bit. Baby Hannah Marie was born on Thursday at 9:44 a.m. If you haven't seen her yet, check out this blog post over at MNINB.


For this week's prompt, I want you to do two things:

  1. Remember a person you haven't seen in at least 3 months.
  2. Remember a specific moment with that person.

Once you've done these, write a poem based off that moment with that person. You can change specifics to protect identities, or you can decide to stick as close to the truth as you possibly can. Your decision.

Here's my attempt:

"We drive out to his house again"

And once again, he is covered in blood,
though at least this time it's not completely
self-inflicted. He has me touch the goose
egg hidden under his shaggy brown hair
as he tells me, "Those two Mexicans walked
around the place like thought they were all that,
but I told them, 'You ain't shit,' so the small
one swung behind me and broke a bottle
over my head while the other one threw
punches. I think they thought I was going
to give up after the broken bottle,
but I like the pain." Just last month, we were
outside his place as he ran around with
a knife claiming he was going to kill
himself if anyone came inside, but
that just ended with him cutting himself.
As he talks, his wife rushes in and out
of the room with wet cloths, yelling, "You need
to quit this. We got kids now." And he gets
crying, saying, "I know, I know. You're right.
I don't deserve to live." At which point, she
slaps him and says, "You start trying to kill
yourself again, and I'm gone with the kids."


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