Wednesday, April 17, 2013

PAD Day 17

Today's prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: (1) write an "express" poem (interpreting the word "express" any way you like, and (2) write a poem of greeting or saying "hello" (to contrast with the "valediction" prompt on Day 9).  For some reason I couldn't get the quote from the movie Jerry Maguire out of my head, that romantic scene at the end where Renee Zellweger says to Tom Cruise, "You had me at hello."  So this morphed into an old-fashioned love song, and for the second time this month I wrote from a woman's persona.  (Getting in touch with my feminine side?) I worked in two variations of the word "express" to satisfy the first prompt, and I guess the poem is more a reaction to a greeting than a greeting per se. So take it for what it's worth, corny verse and all.

You Had Me at Hello

You open like a greeting card,
and let sentiments just flow,
but you really needn't try so hard,
you had me at "hello".

Unlike "Expressway to Your Heart",
that song from long ago,
the traffic won't keep us apart,
you had me at "hello".

It's taken you the longest time
since your very first impressions,
to realize it's not a crime
to share sincere expressions.

So shut your mouth and look at me,
all you've said, you know I know.
I'll tell you unequivocally,
you had me at "hello".

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