Thursday, December 29, 2011

“Wow, I Made This?” (prompt: new start poem)


There’s a new start
at the end of each old year.

I need a new start
because I know how
all of my old starts
end,

and if I can’t have a new start
then I want a new middle
and a new
end.

So, I will keep trying
reaching
punching
for something new

something to surprise me,
something to look at and say

“Wow, I made this?”

much like God must’ve felt
after creating
the platypus,
the orgasm,
and the bursting orange horizon
where the sun sinks
dutifully into the
beautiful blue Pacific
everyday.

9 comments:

  1. Love it! "the platypus, the orgasm", ha!

    ya' gotta wonder what was he thinkin'.

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  2. I need a new start, a new middle AND a new end! Do you think we would look at life differently without the mindset of years? You are 40, 50, 60?
    The ' next year, hopefully'...what if it was a long expanse of days untitled?

    I like the last verse immensely.
    Happy New Year to you and Yours.

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  3. Interesting to think about! I too do a lot of reflecting at the end of a year. No resolutions though, just reflections as you are doing here. May we all have many 'fresh starts' yet in life!

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  4. I like this... thought-provoking, intriguing, mildly blasphemous, with a last stanza that hit me just like the sunset you describe... exactly what I needed to read this morning, thank you. Wishing you the very best of new years!

    p.s. you've now made my head spin as I wonder if anything I create could ever compare to the creation of the platypus.

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  5. I love the playful tone of this one! I can't imagine that if I had been asked to include the words "platypus, orgasm, and sunset" into one coherent poem, I could've pulled it off! Bravo! And Happy New Year!

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  6. I want a new middle as well! ;)

    Wishing you the very best in 2012!

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  7. Quite the ending... ; )

    Best to you in 2012!

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  8. Thanks everyone!

    @Janet, closer to 50 and as I collect more days, I collect new mindsets.

    @Goldberry, I like to use the platypus as as symbol of something wonderful that most don't see the value of unless they dig deeper.

    @Andrea, agreed!

    Happy new Year's to one and all - don't drink and drive.

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  9. Wonderful! I love how you can turn ordinary words into something extraordinary! Third stanza has been echoing in my head since the first time I read it.

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