November Poem-a-Day: Day 13

Prompt: For today’s prompt, write an optional poem. And no, that does not mean that writing a poem is optional today–I know a few of you were thinking it. No, no, no. No, I’m thinking of how some things in life are completely optional; in fact, most things are. So you have options for today’s poem–maybe too many–but can one ever have too many options?


Optional means free, free means alive, alive means jazz…

This is about an unknown poet friend of mine, and the way the only poem I’ve read of his made me feel.



He writes elephants
And I hear the beat beat beat
Of their heavy heavy
Feet on dusty ground.
What a sound.
He writes Jazz
And I’m swept away
Off the porch steps
And onto the lawn.
I want to be that Jazz
And make people dance
Like it’s a hot night
Filled with cool cool beats.

~ Liesl Dineen 2014

What do you think?

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