Not Today

by mkvecchitto

I’ve just returned from the Austin International Poetry Festival. In an effort to catch up on various poetry prompts in honor of National Poetry Month, I’m reposting this poem. It is one I read in Austin. This prompt comes from Writer’s Digest, prompt for Day 2.

walking in the rain

No

I won’t set my sight on tomorrow

I won’t wonder if the path not taken

would have led to greener pastures

No, not today

No

I won’t deny these difficult choices

I won’t hide from dangerous truths

that nip at my bloodied heels

Nope, not today

Today, this moment, this life

offers the bitter aftertaste of fruits

I’ve willingly consumed and now

the pain that racks this broken spirit

reminds me of all I chose to sacrifice

Today I own it, knowing this is the first step

Breathing newness into second chances

and an opportunity to walk in that rain

No

today I’ll dance in the deluge

Umbrella-DancingInTheRain

photos: The first is a painting I own and the second is from toasto.com

prompts: Sable Swan Verse, MadQueen, FieryVerse, Writer’s Digest April PAD

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