NaPoWriMo 8: Revery of Revelry

Technically it is Day 8 of NaPoWriMo, but I’m off prompt because it wasn’t really my style today. The prompt I used was actually one from a list of poetry prompts from Kelli Russell Agodon. It prompted me to, “Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 10 words that catch your eye. Use 7 of words
in a poem.” The closest book was a tattered copy of Anne of Green Gables, set on the end table after the last family read aloud. I used all 10 of the words that caught my eye on page 29 and, since Anne is every bit as obsessed with blooming trees as I am, it’s another spring poem.

Revery of Revelry

A brief, blushing dream
of a single fierce cherry tree
bathed in blossoms
sprang up last night
tucked between
the ink of midnight
and the first flirt of dawn.

And we danced,
she and I,
skipping and twirling
sprite and sapling
girl and grovelette.


-A revery of revelry-

Until she receded
back through the veil
and I woke blinking back
her clever spell
my hands empty
jolted by the sudden retreat
of an extinguished dream
a relinquished wish
my lost playmate
clapped back to the now
martyred by this
violent relapse
of reality. 
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