Your World

DAY TWENTY-FIVE
April 25, 2018
Hello, all! It’s the twenty-fifth day of Na/GloPoWriMo. We’re really in the home stretch now!
And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, we challenge you to write a poem that takes the form of a warning label . . . for yourself! (Mine definitely includes the statement: “Do Not Feed More Than Four Cookies Per Hour.”
Happy writing!

Your World

warning
doesn’t count if you don’t
believe Off Limits

what if it’s a big friendly world
threads journeys intertwine
cruise respectful alert
charm not harm intended but

what if your open arms
can’t embrace all
with equal ardor
let down disappoint
don’t duly honor fail

the stained-glass kaleidoscope
life’s tungsten rose quartz
chicken-shit olive wood
ketchup mother-of-pearl snail
spiraling train-of-intent?

what if you don’t care for swirl
raindrops snowflakes mosaic tiles
miss Rockies built by earthworms
blossoms crocheted in Japanese bliss
dimples in toddler’s smile?

rainmaker
gives grace for rain that fell
sends it back skyward:

dewdrops on dandelions
morning fog
sadness forgiven
salt-pearls of sweat
solitude sanctified
haze lifted
rise return

raindrops
on windshields
lover’s eyelids

you wept
a while ago

warning
what’s not embraced
is lost
your world may turn
into a desert

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