National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 17

My day 17 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from Napowrimo.net—to write a nocturne. The phrase solitaire shroud had been stuck in my head for about an hour or so; with a slight adjustment, I used that as the basis for my poem…

The solitaire shawl

The solitaire shawl draped over her shoulders
waits for someone whose name is not known

Candlelight flickers
raindrops tap lightly at the window

The solitaire shawl draped over her shoulders
rises and falls with her breathing

A delicate hand brushes aside
the strand of hair fallen across her face

She doesn’t look up
the letter is not quite finished

The solitaire shawl draped over her shoulders
will keep her warm until then

(16 April 2017—posted April 17th ET)

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One thought on “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 17

  1. The shawl shifts,
    her shoulder now bare,
    and I notice for the first time,
    the ink on her skin,
    a hidden story that she covers up
    with gentle fingers, closing
    the covers on the book
    I am not allowed to read.
    -Kevin

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