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

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

2 thoughts on “Day 6: Looking for the One Right Word

  1. Pamela,
    Indeed, such is the nature of writing and life, for all of us. And, searching is fully part of the fun of it all.

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