I Might/But Then Again

Published April 5, 2013 by kdorholt

Here’s my third day’s attempt at poetry. The prompt was: Write a tentative poem. I had fun with this one. You should try it.

I Might/But Then Again

I might visit Harvard and walk along
the corridors of hallowed Emerson Hall,
basking in the echoes of elucid thoughts and
acute academia that haunt them.
But then, again . . .
I could feel a neon-lighted sign hanging from my neck,
flashing out my IQ and PSAT scores,
So, maybe, I might not.

I might don a ravishing, red, wavy wig along with a puce,
plunging-necklined gown, and an ebony cigarette holder
to attend the Guthrie’s opening night and drink champagne
before the play (which I’ve already begun) begins,
But then, again . . .
I might remember my age, that wigs, puce and plunging
accentuate my liver spots and cigarettes and champagne
most often trigger my monsoon-like migraines,
So, maybe, I might not.

I might write a poem that moves minions
so that their souls soar to kiss
the brilliant bird-blue of today’s April sky
and their spirits sing to the spring sprites
hidden among the dazzling daffodils
But then again . . .
I might remind myself that some stranger could just
read the poem and toss it, nonchalantly–naked!–
into the the crisp crabgrass, leaving it lying lonely–lost!
So, maybe, I might not.


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