Guest Poem: Careful Planning

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Poetry: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Careful Planning

You
          will never know the pains of old age.
You
          will never hold a career and meet your qualifiers for a time to marry.
You
          forever put your life on hold just in case you got sick again.
And you
          weren’t surprised when you did.
You
          kept waiting for a time when you could adventure and travel and roam.
And you
          never wanted anyone to get too close.
          Too close to the ugly and the pain and the treatment.
          The hospital beds and constant sanitization.
You
          kept telling me it would be okay.
You
          didn’t think you would get this sick.

For links to poetry prompts, or if you missed out on what I’m doing for National Poetry Month, check out the first post here.

 

To end each post, there will be this call to share your own work. Whether it’s something that you write as soon as you finish reading this post, or it’s a poem you’ve posted or had published, place the whole poem in the comments or put a link to it. A brief description before the link will help me process comments faster, so I know they’re not spam.

Also, feel free to share links to poems or spoken word performances by other poets. I hope this month will bring a wide variety of poetry to everyone’s attention. Also, there will be posts on my author Facebook page, a link to which can be found on the right-hand side, that will include spoken word performances and links to work of other poets, which will not appear here.

5 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Wow. This piece was like a stab to the heart.

    I liked the dropped sentences. It made the piece feel like someone gently stroking a loved ones head as they’re saying their last goodbyes.


    1. // Reply

      I’m so glad you like it! I love the work of this poet, and I have more of her poems I’ll be sharing this month!


  2. // Reply

    My aching heart! I agree with what AmbroseAndElsie said about the dropped sentences.


    1. // Reply

      Nikkita has such a beautiful way of writing. I have several more of her pieces I’ll be sharing this month. And I really like the description of the stroking of hair and saying goodbye that Amy from AmbroseAndElsie gave. I’m glad she shared that, because I can see it too now.


      1. // Reply

        I look forward to reading them! Yes, and that’s why I agreed with the comment. 😄

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