Sunday, April 17, 2011

Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer - 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer - 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

For today's prompt, write a big picture poem. I know these can be difficult to write, because they cover big ideas or emotions or concepts. However, we're just getting our first drafts out this month, so it's the perfect time to attempt something big--even if your big picture poem fits within a shadorma or fib, which actually might be a great fit for tackling a big picture since the poem expands with each new line.

"The Big Picture" (a cliche' title for today's prompt - but it fit)

I tell them...
through smiles and laughs,
clenched teeth and fists.
It's all going to change.
Here, I care about you.
What you do,
how you do,
hell...even when you do it.
I hold you to a higher standard,
better than yourself,
sometimes better than your parents
because I see what you can be,
what you should be,
what you would be if you'd shut your mouth -
get out of your own way.
Today.
Stop trying to be what your
so called alliances want.
They stomp your triumphs, your dreams...
kill the world it seems, in a breath
of careless whispers.
Because now, tomorrow will be new.
Chances will rise again, my friend
and what was done today, will go away.
180 days, it's all you have to pay to play.
But out there, out there it's changing.
They want you 24/7, 365 days a year
without fear, without failure,
without new chances for tomorrow -
Out there, tomorrow may never come.
And day one,
creeps up on you and steals your glory,
like a thief in the night,
with a knife that does not care
or share
or dare
to compare you to others, who knew?
The real world would be so cruel to you.
I did.

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