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Poem: "Packing for the Long Haul"
This poem came out of the May 5, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from ellenmillion and sponsored by janetmiles.

Packing for the Long Haul

I am sitting on my suitcase when the angel arrives.

Iridescent feathers fluff. I hear a faint titter.
“You’ll never get all of that to fit.”

I have packed and unpacked and repacked
until I am sick of myself.
I have taken out and put back Forethought ten times
and Assertiveness twelve.
The Art set is scattered all over the floor
and I can’t even recall if I left any of it in.
Lore is in there, all right, a giant lump under my butt.

“Give me,” I say, “just another moment.”
I bounce on the suitcase and barely manage
to close the latch, pinching my finger in the process.

“I’m impressed,” says the angel.

“I know I’m forgetting something,” I grumble
as I lug my suitcase toward my next life.

“Don’t worry, you can pick it up when you get there!”

I am halfway down the chute before I remember
that I’ve forgotten to pack any Patience.

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8 comments or Leave a comment
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: May 8th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoops! This one's fun. Thank you!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 8th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm glad you're enjoying it.

I think this poem totally lives in that opening line.

Also, if you haven't already done this, please check out the Donor Perk Post. I'm doing something a little different with it this month. (Clicking the "Donors" tag in the right sidebar will bring up the Donor posts.)

Edited at 2009-05-08 03:10 am (UTC)
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: May 8th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

I did read that post, but I have no idea what to call it. I'll keep thinking, though.
zianuray From: zianuray Date: May 8th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
So THAT's where I left it!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 11th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yeah, sucks, doesn't it?
From: browngirl Date: May 8th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggles delightedly*

Considering my life, I obviously lost my luggage.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 9th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)


Wow, that would really suck.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: May 16th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
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