Written for: Red Wolf Poems, We Wordle #28
words: illumination, October, stranger, mud-streaked, library
1) passage of time – perhaps have the character speaking in childhood or youth in part one; and then speaking as an older person in part two.
2) an ending that has so little and so much to do with the earlier parts of your story. Digression becomes the core of the story.
3) yet it is an ending that lightens the load.
Another October, windows of the library
illuminated with witches, skeletons,
and other items related
to the theme of Halloween.
Oh how I remember that eager young
girl of sixteen, working part time
at the library, this very same one.
I had not intended to remain
in the job and city for so long.
Rain is falling, soaking the leaves
into mud-streaked piles. Happy
to be closing up now, before
the streets become too slick.
There is a face at the door.
Thought I knew everyone
who comes in here, but he appears
to be a stranger, shabbily clad,
but of scholarly mien. I meet
his cloudy blue eyes. There is
something about him. He enters
the room shaking leaves off
his coat. He says my name.
Years fall away. I look
into the eyes of a long lost love.