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Day 27: Blame the Dissonance

Happy voices infused
with sad remembrances.
Great meals in celebration;
missing the first hands
that prepared them.
Lovely thoughts of those
no longer with us.
How much they influenced us.
Time passes and more go
leaving us behind
in good times, with great memories
reasons to really miss them.

Some years, holidays
can really ring in
joy-laced melancholy sentiment.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 27 prompt: Write a ‘Blame the (blank)’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Everybody says So

Holiday celebrations
pre-empt my writing time.
Antisocial by right of design
still my inclination.

But I dismiss mine
for the sake of family,
habits made traditions
made rituals, now sacrosanct.

And in my ordinary family
like so many others
everybody says
so it should be.

Absence gets me shunned
which works for me
but everybody says
I shouldn’t be that way.

So, for mom’s sake
I fit in as best I can
privately harangued
by my life calling me.

©2009 Shari Lynne Smothers

Prompt: Take the phrase “Everybody says (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make that the title of the poem, and write the poem. For Day 24 of the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, from Poetic Asides.