Written on 5 May 2019; published on 31 May 2019
At creative writing class at the beginning of May, we were asked to write a story about a particular time of day. The time of day was chosen by another class member. I drew 5:30 am, and wrote this lyrical story … or maybe it’s a prose poem …
An Unlikely Poem by Alice B. Clagett, 5 May 2019
5:30 a.m. Skeeziks! I slept too late.
. . . All across California, dreams of luaus in Hawaii
. . . are snapping shut,
. . . like corporate valises,
. . . boxing up wishes
. . . in oh-so-regretful reels
. . . of workday expectations.
5:45 a.m. All over California I hear:
. . . Put another film on the projector, mister …
. . . I wanna be the Amazon Queen,
. . . not the youngest actress in “Les Miserables.”
. . . Cast me opposite Fred Astaire –
. . . I want to dance my way through life! …
. . . Today I’d like to be ET –
. . . anything but a secretary.
6:00 a.m. Wash face, brush teeth, feed cat, grab keys.
. . . Out the deplorable door
. . . to slo-mo woe
. . . once mo’
. . . . .
Alice B. Clagett
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