venerdì 8 maggio 2020

Carpe Diem

Welcome to the Spot Writers. This month’s prompt is “never have/had I ever.” Today’s writing comes to us from Val Muller, author of the Corgi Capers kidlit mystery series. Find out more at
The dandelion, pictured below, served as inspiration for this poem. 

Carpe Diem
by Val Muller

Never had I ever thought
I’d wait for bread in line
Or that a Meatless Monday
Would happen in my time.

Never had I ever thought
I’d stare at empty shelves,
Or panic when I coughed a bit
Or gasped for breath if I yelled.

Never had I ever thought
I’d live to see the day
When the 1918 pandemic
Came back again this way.

Never had I ever thought
The schools would shut their doors,
That I’d wash my hands ‘til raw
After a dangerous visit to a store.

Never had I ever thought
I’d be shuttered in my home,
To work from screen and keyboard
And to communicate—alone.
Never in my busy life
Had I ever banked on this:
That time, my short commodity,
Was now given as a gift.

Never had I ever seen
Dandelions graced by the rain
While tiptoeing through chilly dew:
It was like childhood again,

That timeless sense of wonder,
The lack of any rush,
To watch raindrops melt off flowers
In the early morning’s hush.

Never I, since growing up,
Felt wonder flow so free
As when this time afforded me to sit
While the trees whispered in the breeze,
Or when I watched a honey bee
Floating through the trees.
And while the world slows down a while
In fear of this disease,
And stresses about washing hands
And worrying when we sneeze,
We’re forced to wait—actionless—
While Fates do what they please:
The beauty’s there for those who’ll see,
Who can take the day—and seize!

The Spot Writers—Our Members:
Val Muller:
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