Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "That Moment When You Realize"

This poem came out of the May 15, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] heartsinger. It also fills the "second person narration" square in my 4-7-18 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest and the "WILD CARD: road trip" square in my 5-1-18 General card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

"That Moment When You Realize"

You know what it's like
when people around you
ignore your needs, but

when they don't, it's
a surprise and a delight --

that moment when you
open the door of the museum
and a tidal wave of sound pours out
so that you and the person next
to you both take a step back

and it's the other person in
the party who says, "Shall
we go somewhere else?"

and so you do;

that moment when
a friend looks up from
a menu on the door,
having found nothing,

and you say,
"Let's keep walking,
there are plenty more
restaurants down the block,"

and they smile at you
like you've just hung the sun;

that moment when you realize
this is what vacations are
supposed to be like,

what they're like for
ordinary people all the time,
being able to avoid things
you don't like and find
things you do like,

and it's no big deal;

that moment when you realize
you have really nice friends
whom you're very lucky to have,
and you maybe love them more

than some people you grew up with;

it's a surprise and a delight,
it's as addictive as oxygen,

and just as essential.
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