Refugee Plea

April 18
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt, if I got it right, is to write a reverse answer to an unfamiliar poem, or to find seeds in one to sow in a poem of our own…AND…(Are you seated? Ready? OK!) it featured my poem from yesterday, Carrying the AshesSo very grateful for the shout out. Hard to stop flitting around and write after that surprise honor! No pressure, right?

My poem today comes from Rilke’s Book of Hours, Love Poems to God:

Their exit has no grace or mystery.
It’s a little death, hanging dry and measly
like a fruit inside them that never ripened.
III, 4/5

Refugee Plea
 

my status
hangs hard
on the line

pinned down stiff
for all to see

nobody
within reach

wants to take it in

how many storms
must be weathered

before
the pins pop

by Elizabeth Boquet, April 2018

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