Since there's NO WAY I have time for NaNoWriMo this month, I have instead joined the November PAD Poetry Chapbook Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides on Writer's Digest.
Today's Poetry Challenge is a poem about change: closing a door, turning a page. Here's my attempt....
After last kiss, final hug,
I leave her at the door--
her essentials settled,
pocked bulletin boards empurpled,
Pattinson emblazoned against fresh paint,
laptop prepared for frequent Skyping.
I leave her in this place, my place,
to syllabi, term papers, finals.
I reach forward, touch her cheek
pinked with anticipation,
and I ache empty.
I leave her behind,
driving away with a too-casual wave.
Copyright 2010 by Susanne Barrett
So we'll see how this challenge goes. Some of the poems will be crap, but I pray that some poems will approach something really authentic and plain old good.