#WriteFree365 – Day 242: The Narrow Path

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(“Below the Heavens” is an album I’ll love forever.  It’s a record in which I have a different favorite song after playing it.  Day 242…)

Traveling down this yellow brick road until it frees me.  I need a pen.  I need a pad.  I need a place to go to get this shit lifted off of my soul…

The Universe makes no mistakes
It’s more than coincidence, to me,
That a man named Frost
Wrote about a less traveled path.

The chilly wind follows like a surname
Adding echoes to voices accompanying me
Reminding me of the loneliness.

In solitude
Each step creaky
Unsure if this is hajj or exile
Paradise can’t be felt
Touching wintry branches attached to cold shoulders
And the warmth of the group meandering through the other path
Is too far

When the end is not in sight
The end
Is an idea I’m imagining as happily as ever after can be for a storyteller
That fights the thought of writing as only a falling action.

Dear Mr. Frost
The Road Not Traveled is not as pleasant as your words are.
But you knew that.

Writing Challenge: Complement To A Classic

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(Today’s challenge is to take a poem I really like and write a response or complementary poem to it.  I chose “The Freedom of the Moon” by Robert Frost.  Twenty minutes and a couple chocolate-chip cookies later…)

When the Sun begins its work shift on the other side of the world,
I think of you.
The moon.
Wondering if it is too soon for me to cast my light upon you.

If the nighttime is the right time to be…in love.
Love should not haunt me behind my back.
It should not be a shadow.
You and I should be partners.

But I do not feel that way.
Our marriage is unequally yoked and you bear too much weight.
I doubt if I can sustain my light from the other side.
You should look to me for strength.
Not the other way around.
Even in total eclipse, my crown should still be visible.
This doubt makes me miserable
My light’s dimmer, too.
Being a world apart will make our love new.
So when you return to me,
I can support you in full.