Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ReadWritePoem Wordle: Red and Lubricious

I can't believe it's been a couple of weeks since I posted a poem.  I have no excuse except for life getting in the way.  I've been writing with my students at school but none of them were post-worthy.

ReadWritePoem is featuring a wordle for this week's prompt.  I chose a couple words (red and lubricious) and wrote the following about a little thing that happened over the weekend.
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Valentine's Day morning
I found my husband
waiting for me
with our granddaughter
in the lobby
of the Holiday Inn
By the Bay
in Portland, Maine.

He was sitting,
sipping coffee,
chatting with Kylie.

Next to him
sat a man
holding red roses,
also waiting.

I walked up and my husband said,
"Oh, by the way,
Happy Valentine's Day."
And I replied, "Thanks,
Happy Valentine's Day
to you, too...

by the way."
We laughed.
The man looked
at his flowers.

Later that night
lying in bed
watching the Olympics
instead of entertaining
lubricious thoughts,
I heard him chuckle.
"What?" I asked.
"By the way," he said.

We turned the TV off.


Jill said...

your poetry is always so real, so in the moment! and always a surprise at the end. this is such a nice vignette!

Anonymous said...

Well done. Both you and your Valentine. A fine pair of moments.

flaubert said...

This is a real life snippet. Most enjoyable.But what happened when you turned off the lights? Just kidding!


Anonymous said...

Yes, simple, direct, in the moment described. This makes the poem feel very fresh. (I wonder if you've read Ren Powell's last posting to RWP and any of her poems too. Might interest you specifically. Something I want to pay attention to next myself.) Thanks Linda.

spiritsoflena said...

Very sweet.

Tumblewords: said...

I'm always fascinated by your talent to turn a personal event into a poem that resonates with each reader. Nice, Linda!

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