Imagine my surprise at making Mama Kat's list of favorites for last week! Thanks, Mama Kat! If I had chosen the prompt about blog tips to give myself, I know I'd list "Use the word vagina when describing housework" - it gets 'em every time!
The prompt I chose this week: Write a poem inspired by the word "Loss"
That empty chair, like a billboard advertising your absence
no shoes by the door
Missing the scent of aftershave
Whisker clippings on the sink
It's never your voice on the phone
Though I may wish it to be
No sports on the TV, the newspaper neglected on the stoop
One less plate at the table
You won't be back
Though your side of the closet is still full
Mother can't bear to clean it
Young grandchildren wonder why you've been gone so long
Soon they'll forget your voice
And your face, except in photographs
Guilt felt because the longing lessens
as we continue life without you
Death changes all of us
If you could return to us, would recognition be in your eyes?
Wherever you are, Mother is now there with you
Now two empty chairs
Mourning covers us like a shawl
Bookends of loss, only the stories remain