NAPOWRIMO 2010 DAY 10
RWP member Pamela Sayers says, “I live in Mexico, and one of the things I love most about this country is that people here celebrate their family and friends to the utmost.” And it is in that spirit that Pamela asks us to write about any celebration we have been to recently.Write about a birthday party, a wedding, a baptism — any kind of celebration where you were with family or friends or both. Write about the colors you remember, the sounds (and how they made you feel) and the tastes you remember from any of those events. Did these things make you feel good? Did you experience any new foods? Did you meet any new people? Sometimes, beyond our control, festivities can take a turn for the worse. Maybe that happened to you or someone you know. Whatever happened, be it great or not so great, let’s write about it!
I thought about this one for a long time, and rejected several ideas. In the end this one came out, I had lots more to say, but the poem itself told me to end on 'hits the switch' I wanted to put something about her sitting on an electric chair, but she said no. Now I guess we'll never know what she wrote in her diary, phew!
she lies there under the blossom tree
looking up and trying to count the specks
mentally thanking the big bang (in theory)
for the warmth of spring and the coming summer
she writes something quickly in her diary
and hides it under the pile of washing
feeling guilty for taking even a short break
eventually she goes back to the house
it’s the twins birthday and it’s party time
in another hour the bib gang will be here
spilling jelly and choking on cup cakes
she loads the washing machine and hits the switch