PROMPT #119 – LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD

For those of the Jewish faith, this prompt comes in the midst of the High Holidays celebrations for the year 5774, the Jewish New Year. New Year celebrations tend to be times for reflecting on the past and celebrating what is to come; this is true for those of any faith, or no faith. Write a poem about looking back. Or looking ahead. Or both. For you, the exercise may have a religious connotation, or it may not.

MARIE ELENA LOOKS BACK

Home Again

Belmont Avenue

26 Belmont

“May I help you?”
I don’t recognize the stranger addressing me
From the porch
Where I used to color with my cousins
Swing in my pajamas
Play with paper dolls.

I respond with an apology
For walking into the backyard
Where I used to play tag with my cousins
Catch summernight fireflies
Lay in the grass, spotting castles
In the clouds.

I tell her this is my
Used to be
My home.

“Would you like to come in?”
My heart pounds.  I decline,
Then quickly change my mind.
Yes.  Yes, please.

As I walk in, I’m overcome with emotion.
Much is the same.
Some is different.
Everything seems smaller –
Everything but the love.
The love looms large,
Reaching through the decades
To embrace,
Remind,
Confirm.

© copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013

WILLIAM’S SECOND LOOK:

YOM KIPPUR

In fall,
a kind of hush
flows over all the land
before the onset of winter’s
cleansing.

© copyright 2013, William Preston. Published in Beyond Our Eyes: a Second Look. Norway, Maine: PRGott Books Publishing; 2013, ISBN 978-1490304472.