NaPoWriMo, Day 1: Overthinking Flies

Prompt: “Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is based on a secret shame, or a secret pleasure. It could be eating too many cookies, or bad movies, or the time you told your sister she could totally brush her teeth with soap. It’s up to you. Happy writing!”


Overthinking Flies

You know that portmanteau
of a feeling that keeps
bunching up muscles between
shoulder blades,
pushing your head
toward the ground, as if
it were looking
for something you lost?

No sense of unity, of
belonging inside your body,
feeling whole,
flesh and bones intact,
unblemished, unborn.

Then there’s the eye. Enormous,
singular in its
hideousness. The mouth—
a bloodied grin
you cannot wipe off.
The wings of eyebrows
clipped down
to the stub, never to take
wing, ever.

This is about the time
you discover a new
wrinkle. A random find,
completely unplanned.
A gift you cannot send back
(sender’s address unknown).
You could, as you’ve done
many times, blame
your mother. She surely had
something to do with it.

And what was it about the window
you wanted to know?
Whether it was open
or closed? Ajar, perhaps, letting in
fragments of normalcies,
futures you cannot
sip from, their chalices
tipping away from your lips?

Overthinking flies
comes easily after that.
Short lives. Small
purposes. Oh, to be
a fly on the wall.
Anyone’s wall. The wall
of your own life. Porous,
absorbent, sucking in
what’s left
of a translucent wing.

3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo, Day 1: Overthinking Flies

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  1. Love this Romana! Powerful imagery, words vividly calling out for attention. Especially these lines. – “Oh, to be a fly on the wall.
    Anyone’s wall. The wall of your own life.” Looking forward to this beautiful contemplative 30 days journey.

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    1. I didn’t mean to send the comment above anonymously. Powerful imagery, words vividly calling out for attention, for inward reflection. Especially these lines. – “Oh, to be a fly on the wall.Anyone’s wall. The wall of your own life.” Looking forward to this beautiful contemplative 30 days journey.

      Liked by 1 person

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