Today's prompts from Robert Lee Brewer and Maureen Thorson: (1) Write a metaphor poem, and (2) read some of the poems from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology and write a similar persona poem, a monologue of someone deceased. This one took me to a memory of a friend in college I was just getting to know when she died tragically in a car accident at 19, just about fifty years ago. She was a sweet, upbeat, artistically talented person, and who knows what she would have become if she hadn't been taken from us so soon. It was my first experience with the death of a friend, and it affected me deeply.
(after Edgar Lee Masters)
we were so full of promise,
we young artists and our teacher,
when our van crashed on the turnpike,
and everything changed in a second.
Some of you were badly hurt,
but it was too much for my fragile frame.
I am sorry, friends, to take such an early exit -
I hope I brought joy in my short time there.
Fifty years on, I see most of you
You've navigated the highway well,
that treacherous stretch of road
that can flip us at any moment.