Daily Archives: 23 November 2010

Day 22: My Ultimate Stand

I took a stand on politics
and stumbled over what I didn’t know.
I took a stand on religion
and sat down on faith’s accepting openness.
I took a stand on bullying
and faltered on what little I could do to affect this.

I took a stand on person-hood
and knew this was my soapbox
for quiet, important changes.
I choose consciously daily
to make manifest the best
that lives in me.
And on the platform
of this empowering choice
I stand to face any circumstance.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 22 prompt: Write a poem ‘that takes or makes a stand’; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Day 21: Thanks, No

I appreciate your giving me
the opportunity
to facilitate you in your infidelity.
I appreciate the argument you make
how I came early and first,
but you were too confused
to understand my value
in the whole scheme of things.
I thank you for gifting me
with the chance to be the we
we were meant to be
and applaud your use
of a well-timed
“Better late than never.”

However,
I must respectfully—or dis—
decline your invitation.
I find I’m elated, psyched,
with thirty years joy retroactively
that I was spared our
serious relationship.
Especially now I see
where we would be
had we been we
from way back when.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 21 prompt: Write a poem giving, refusing, or asking permission; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge