In Plain Sight – Day Two – #NaPoWriMo21

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Hi 😊

Today’s prompt was to write a poem along the lines of Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. So, I came up with this, which leaves the reader to search for any other “roads” the narrator may be alluding to:


In Plain Sight


When she met him, she was hiding:

Toying with possible futures

From inside a retail whirl.

A newly toasted slice

Of utter self-loathing

Glowed from the embers she wouldn’t sweep up.


She was good at talking:

That mouth, when properly engaged,

Could spin attractive escape ropes;

Accommodate all angles,

Run far with fantasies

Until even she forgot their falsehoods.


So, they hid together,

Worked hard and “grew up”,

Bore new people, tangled with traditional roles.

Dishevelled wings fluttered from their piled laundry,

Followed her around, their offspring

Unravelling fabrics in awkward places.


Time squatted between the couple’s brows,

Encircled their smiles

And crept up their necks.

Something old and blue,

Borrowed from their intertwined histories,

Tapped at the veneer of “new normal”s.


Two prized photographs moved in –

Now reaped from the home

She’d never revisit,

From people she’d never re-hold –

Catching her on the brink of things

All set to rock her core:


The cosy coat of childhood

Still buttoned against the world…


The empty scroll of promise

Still clutched by too-thin hands…


Her older face, reflected, stared aghast,

Whilst he could see her happy, in the past.


I started writing this around 7am this morning, but made the error of going for a coffee break which alerted our eldest that I was awake, so it has taken until this afternoon to get it the way I want it and post it up here 😉 it’s so nice to wake up and know I’ve got a planned writing exercise, though!  I hadn’t realised just how much I’d missed it.

Hope you are all feeling good today, leave me a link in the comments to any poems you have been posting on your websites if you’d like me to visit.  Take care and I’ll be back here tomorrow, so please drop in again!


Monty X


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3 Responses to “In Plain Sight – Day Two – #NaPoWriMo21”

  1. Jane Wright Says:

    Cleverly wrought if a tad pessimistic. But I suppose that is the nature of the task you were set. I look forward to future offerings

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Thanks Jane x

  3. Jane Wright Says:

    A well constructed poem and very interesting

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