These are linked poems created week by week for a year, inspired by the book No Choice But To Follow, and the poets therein who did it first.

Friday, 21 February 2014

February #3

The next time

The next time you’re late
I hope it’s for a great reason,
something spectacular
nothing trivial, or mundane
but a cataclysmic intervention
that entirely distracted you
because it was so wonderful
it swept every commitment,
appointment, chore, plan,
timetable away in a tsunami
of delightful experience
and left you just enough breath
to explain eventually with a red face
not from embarrassment but
excitement that THIS could have
happened at all and I will be
so entranced by your story
I won’t mind one bit and I won’t
need to be gracious and forgiving
the way you need to be now
because I don’t have a
whirlwind reason or
breath taking
excuse
just a brain
that loses track
so often
I spend most days
off the rails.

 — Michele Brenton

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    1. Actually was loving it all already; the surprise was a delicious bonus.

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  2. Excellent poem Michele...especially as you go off the rails at the end, one of my particular specialities...

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  3. So "You should have seen the traffic!" wouldn't cut it? Loved this even without the end. 5 smiles out of 5

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