National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 19

My day 19 poem for National Poetry Writing Month uses the prompt from—to write ‘a poem that recounts a creation myth.’

The day I snagged a small slice of freedom

I never knew it had a name
I’d been doing it for years

I was at a gathering
I don’t remember
where or when

I was alone
everyone else
was talking
to everyone else

Then it hit me:
I could just leave
I could get my jacket
and walk out that door
without saying a thing—
no goodbyes
no awkward excuses—
just go

So I did

Nobody noticed

Nobody called after me
or said anything the next day
as if I hadn’t been there

I learned later
they call it an Irish exit*

* — I learned this from Mindy Kaling’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

(18 April 2017—posted April 19th ET)


5 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 19

  1. It wasn’t until my middle years that I learned how freeing an Irish exit can be. I spent way too much time worrying about what other people think.

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