Daily Archives: 6 November 2010

Day 6: Looking for the One Right Word

You know, the one that
compels others to know
you’re the
only candidate for the job;
perfect person to be the best friend;
right one to deliver the opening speech;
best choice to paint walls;
the right girl to be born into
      a family of three brothers.

Somehow I knew them once.
These days they only come
as they choose, through my daily
entreating, on paper, online.
I give them room
encouraging them to join me,
not knowing if they heard my call.

Only after countless lines of
rhythmic verses flowing
dissonant, stilted, rhyming
and not, I’ll read back and find that
some few right words found me
each one at it’s one right point.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 6 prompt: Write a “Looking for (blank)” poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge