Not Today

Today marks the second day of PAD – Poem a Day – for this year. This is a yearly challenge by Robert Brewer of Writer’s Digest. You can read more about it HERE  I think this makes my 7th year of participation. I will be posting some of my poems here throughout the month.


Today’s prompt was “not today”.  Here is my attempt:

not today




Once a slamming door rattled the picture on the wall in the living room

I bellowed “settle down”

which you did for two minutes


Laughter and foot patters echoed through the upstairs

I smiled to myself in contentment

knowing you were up to something


We would roll down the windows and sing off key

the wind tangling our curls

carrying our voices into the treetops

but today I sing alone, softly


You and James played in the rain

floating boats in the gutter

then stripped off your clothes in the garage


You always called dibs on the shower

on the way home from the beach

anxious to rid yourself of the sand in your suit


Last week I found that picture we took

on the way to Georgia

with Smokey the Bear

you in your black knee highs

me when my hair was long

and I smiled


But not today



You can read PAD Day One HERE.