Forget what I said earlier about Duty
being a stern mother
and a tiny house
where I kept stubbing my toe
on “You shoulds.”
Lately Duty has become
a pool noodle
that keeps me happy
playing in the safe shallows
instead of risking
the big surf of the deep,
that won’t let my ball
arc dangerously through the air
and maybe get bruised on the rim.
I haven’t opened the freezer lately either
to check on the state of my dreams.
© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
Prompt – Inspiration:
This prompt for this poem was the following on the Poetic Asides blog on November 18, 2013:
“For today’s prompt, write a “forget what I said earlier” poem. This poem could be a response to a poem you wrote earlier in the challenge (or just earlier in general). Or it could cover one of those moments–I have them all the time–when you say something that ends up proving wrong or that you wish you’d taken back.”
The poem that “Duty Revisited” talks back to is…
Duty is a stern mother:
Do your homework first.
Finish the cleaning before you read.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
Don’t be late!
Duty is a tiny house,
no room for big projects.
I want … ricochets back
Always stubbing my toe on something.
Duty is a pair of old jeans,
comfortable, unpretentious, serviceable,
Attention to duty means well-fed children,
a manicured lawn,
a reconciled account,
a shining car,
…a freezer full of dreams.
© 2004 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
This April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files, along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Whether you write or not, thanks so much for dropping by!