November Poem-a-Day: Day 20

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I’ll Never (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the new poem. Possible titles include: “I’ll Never Write an Excuse Poem,” “I’ll Never Go to Disney World,” “I’ll Never Tell a Lie,” or “I’ll Never Understand People Who Like Rush.”


I’ll never be

I’ll never be skinny
Like the girls in high heels who stop for gas on their way to exotic places
Leaning forward to pump suggestively into their BMW coupes

I’ll never be placid
Like the mother who opens her arms and melts you like butter
Comfortably exhaling simple kindness and not getting your jokes

I’ll never be hollow
Like the crowd at the mall, a thoughtless shambling cacophony
Noticing others only to avoid any bumps on the way to The Gap

I’ll never be finished
Like the folks sitting idly watching reruns of game shows
Waiting meekly for death to provide new beginnings someplace else

I’ll never be anything
Except what I am, full of furious worrisome love and confusion
Made up of mistakes and good intentions gone bad

~ Liesl Dineen 2014

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