If You See it Pick it Up

Day 4

If You See it Pick it Up

As with any other day,
today is a day to decide on something.
There’s a fifty/fifty chance you won’t.
But like most of your decisions,
you just might. Might as well.
This morning you saw it.
An answer.
Shining through the heatwaves
atop a parking lot.
When you see it pick it up.
Throw in your pocket,
you’re saving thoughts,
think it over, try your luck.
You have all day, will it be yes or no?
This evening you saw it.
An answer.
A pretty one. Worn thin in some
places but no other change.
When you’re ready let it drop.
Should it land between your feet,
you’ll face your choice
with certainty.
You had all day, is it yes or no?
What’s it going to be?

Alejandra Garza
NAPOWRIMO 2017

NaPoWriMo – “And now for our prompt (optional, as always). One of the most popular British works of classical music is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The “enigma” of the title is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” variety.”

Poetics Aside – “Today is our first Tuesday of the month. If this is your first poem-a-day rodeo, then I have a special treat for you today, because I do Two-for-Tuesday prompts for these challenges. You can write to one prompt; write to the other; or try to do both. Totally up to you.
Here are the two prompts for today:

  • Write a beginning poem. And, of course, when something begins, it often signals something else ending. Soooo, the other prompt is to…
  • Write an ending poem. Poem about something ending.”
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