Daily Archives: 3 November 2010

Extra Smiles

At the table
at my cousin’s
wedding reception,
I sat with
my brothers, my
mother, more cousins and
sisters-in-law
a niece and nephew.

In a room
full of family
friends, all cheerful
and sharing
eating and laughing.

But
I was also
off in an alternate
reality,
dancing with my dad
as he always did
at celebrations.

Beyond wondering
at the exact look of his joy
had he lived to see
his favorite niece
on her day,
I wondered what
it might have been like
had he the chance
to give me away.

No regrets really
that it never happened
for me, for us.
It was just
my imagination
bringing me
extra smiles that evening.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 3 prompt: Write a ‘location’ poem. See the details here 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Birthday Wishes

Body
drafted in the
images of
parents,
raised
in the shadows of
forefathers,
suffering
the lineage of
all his ilk
before them,
from time and when
parts better and worse.

It all comes
down to one
every one
each new life.
Infused with
the hopes and dreams
that it will grow
into a person
sloughing off sins
holding to better parts
proffered it,
hopefully,
to one day
save us from ourselves.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is inspired by the We Write Poems prompt #26: Collections.