Prompt for RWJ, Prompt 291

So what has been obsessing you these days? Surely there is something you’re obsessed with? Like what do you keep thinking about? I confess, I have a new obsession with instagram stories. It’s kind of like following different characters as they go about their daily lives. The locations are all over the globe. So there’s Iceland, Paris, London, etc etc…and these stories unfold as things happen. Is it a waste of time you ask? You can of course answer it both ways. But I like that the stories take place elsewhere, and you get to see intimately what these characters see and experience, even if it’s just an instagram moment. I was just talking about stories in the last prompt and these seem to be the real, undramatic stories that happen everyday to everyday people. Cinematic in their own way. So like say, you’revisiting a new place, how would you document it in your poem? Or if you’re at home, what kind of moments do have you in a day?


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    Once on a summer walk in youth years ago
    I stumbled upon a miracle on the side
    of Dr. Milano’s white stucco home where
    glistening in the afternoon sun
    bougainvillea splashed burgundy jewels
    like some angel’s basket spilled from heaven.

    In the garden a sparrow played tug rope
    with crabgrass blades and voices on the street
    vollied with the good and bad of one more day.
    All the while my eyes unblinking
    devoured the purpling beauty of those flowers.
    A miracle! No other way can I explain

    what I witnessed that June afternoon
    when God busied Himself at work or play
    casting flowered shadows of angels in
    purple robes clambering upward in a race
    toward heaven with praying hands upturned
    like open petals to catch the drink of sunlight.


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