Welcome to Day 29 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!
Let’s just get right to the poem — the penultimate day! If you want to leave a comment and win a poetry book, please do! As always, details at the bottom of the post. Thanks for reading!
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Today’s poem was inspired by my Libra horoscope this week, from FreeWillAstrology.com. These are always kind of quirky and creative: “The bad news it that 60 percent of Nevada’s Lake Mead has dried up. The good news – at least for historians, tourists, and hikers – is that the Old West town of St. Thomas has re-emerged. It had sunk beneath the water in 1936, when the government built the dam that created the lake. But as the lake has shrunk in recent years, old buildings and roads have reappeared. I foresee a comparable resurfacing in your life, Libra: the return of a lost resource or vanished possibility or departed influence.”
Lake Mead Horoscope
Anyone coming to these blue waters for decades
might never know. The surface so mirror-smooth
some days, rippling or choppy, the boats sailing
serene as the sun makes shimmering diamonds.
It is a lake, beautiful in this rocky brown place.
And yet, time and drought reveal what time
and dam hid, a once-was city of 500, folks
who lived and died together, had a school,
hotel, ice cream parlor, store. All submerged,
60 years among the lake weed and fishes,
hidden, and yet never really gone.
Me, like so many things, you cannot tell
the history from the surface. So many pieces,
large and small, have come together to make
this version… even I can’t know them all.
There are parts – maybe a small town – that
got submerged in my tidal waves of trauma,
essential parts of me I didn’t know how to save
so long ago. I see them revealing, reawakening
resurfacing now, as the waters recede, all the
work I have done to make it so, this me
that time forgot. Now I see it was always
there, waiting, ready for the chances to
come, this delightful, vanished
Possibility of Me.
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- I’m writing and posting a new poem every day through the month of April (yikes!), for better or worse.
- AND, as a gift, I’m giving away a copy of my poetry book EVERY DAY this month. FREE!
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This month’s posts are part of the NaPoWriMo challenge — that’s National Poetry Writing Month. At NaPoWriMo.net, you’ll find links to other participating writers and their poetry. AND daily writing prompts for inspiration to write your own poems. Check them out.
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Photo credit: Lake Mead NRA Public Affairs (and blogs.voanews.com), and Jeremy Bishop, courtesy of Unsplash.com