Beginnings and Endings


Prelude to dinner appeared
as a spring greens salad,
tossed with honeyed pecans,
and sliced pears. Strips
of parmesan criss-crossed
the top. I could barely wait
to savor the next course.



She waited, wineglass in hand,
for the finale, grand finish
of the season. Oh no. What was
happening? This was not headed
in a good direction. She peeked
through fingers, slatted like
popsicle sticks. Wait! wait!,
she cried in her head. It cannot
end this way. She dabbed
at her eyes, and kept telling
herself, they are only actors
in a television show.
None of this is real.

Written for Poetic Asides April 2014 Challenge
Day 1 – Write a beginning and/or ending poem

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Beginnings and Endings

  1. trentpmcd says:

    Finale – last seasons’ Downton Abbey?


  2. So good to see you for PAD, Sara!! Excellent take on the two fer Tuesday!


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