Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Finally, a New Poem!--3WW

Average Stretch Neck
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It’s after 10 pm.
My eyes have little fires
behind them.
The vise-grip
of late evening
has a firm hold
on the back
of my neck,

I’ve just finished
calculating averages
for my tenth-grade
students, playing
cards with my mom,
who is staying
with us for 6 weeks,
making pork roast,
mashed potatoes,
and broccoli
with cheese sauce
for supper,
and taking myself
and my frustrations
for a walk,
leaking the tribulations
of the day
onto the sidewalk.

Now, I stretch
my fingers over
the keyboard
hoping a perfect
ending to this poem
will magically
slide out.


paisley said...

and ending with perfection it did indeed... wish someone would come cook all that good old american food for me!!!!

Jan Doble said...

i love how this flows so smoothly, from one idea to the next. and the
part that reads 'leaking the tribulations of the day onto the sidewalk' is brilliant, i would say! the ending is so cool...the words match exactly what the reader feels as s/he slides off the ending of the poem itself...perfect all the way around!

anthonynorth said...

And you made it admirably :-)

texasblu said...

The magic was there! ;)

Tammy said...

And it did indeed Linda! Wonderful job!

TC said...

I think you got the ending you wished for :)

Hope things slow down a bit for you! Or you could just give all your 10th graders an A... ;)

San said...

absolutely lovely.
and now you've gotten me very hungry!!! :)

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