Lapse of Words

Written for:  dVerse Poet’s Pub, Even Monkeys Fall From Trees (Posted by CC)
For this prompt, think of a mistake you’ve made. Think of what you learned from it or maybe how you thought it was the end of the world and it surprised you by turning out okay or bringing something exquisite into existence. Or, think of how it stretched you beyond your wildest imagination or how you would now say, with the benefit of hindsight, you’d actually regret not having made that ‘mistake’ in your life. Share something serious or funny….make us cry or laugh or teach us something from your own experience of mistake-making.

I no longer recall
why I did not continue
to do what I loved.
As a child, I wrote
short stories and poems.

What changed at forty
years old?  Could be my
willingness  to be bold after years
of office work, I had come
to despise.

Like a flipped switch
flooding a room with light, I began
to write again. Started with a flicker
of short stories, and grew
ever luminous as I attended classes,
joined groups, and eventually came
to poetry online. Finally doing
what I loved as a child, yet not
mourning those vanished years.
Perhaps I was not ready to truly give
my heart to words, until my mind
caught on.

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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3 Responses to Lapse of Words

  1. ghostom says:

    …good stuff. 🙂

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  2. ihatepoetry says:

    Once I started writing at 16, I never really stopped. Keep creating!

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  3. lynn__ says:

    No regrets…life has its seasons. I’m glad you’re sharing your poetry online 🤗

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