Poetry Friday: “American Discontent”
Happy Independence Day!
My fellow citizens here in the U.S. are celebrating our country’s birthday today. Some might be going on trips to visit relatives, others might be having cookouts at their homes. Still others may be headed to the beach.
Me? I’m heading out with the family to go pick some strawberries before it gets too late in the morning and they’re all gone! (By the way, if you missed my repost this past Tue. about what you can learn from berries, please check it out!)
Today I’m sharing the type of poem I rarely, if ever, share: an unpolished one, and a hastily-written one, at that – I only spent about 30 minutes on it, at best.
The reason I’m sharing it is because, even though it can be tightened up, I thought it would be appropriate for today, the Fourth of July. It was originally written from a prompt by poet and blogger David L/ Harrison, who asked visitors to write couplets about the sun – or lack thereof. What’s funny about writing poetry is, you never quite know how a poem is going to turn out until it’s done – even if you know the ending, the punch line, the hook, the twist, or anything else. It’s always a bit of a surprise.
So I hope you like it! There’s more to Poetry Friday, of course, so head on over to Heidi Mordhorst’s Juicy Little Universe for all the links and fun!
In winter, we complain it’s cold –
then summer’s heat starts getting old.
As soon as there’s a drop of rain,
we wish to see the sun again.
When life’s too fast, we want a lull.
When life slows down, we say it’s dull.
I wonder if we’ll ever be
content with simply being…free?
- © 2014, Matt Forrest Esenwine
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