The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #871
(Week of 7 September, 2014)

This week's poem could (and should) be applied to all sorts of things. Certain past relationships come to mind, for example. But the actual direct inspiration was one of those big seasonal Halloween stores that pop up in empty retail spaces in September. Max and I went this afternoon, like I do every year, for reasons I cannot quite explain to myself.

Theory v. Practice

Jubilant anticipation
Pollyanna imagination
On sweaty calendar I mark the days
Despite events that trudged before
Those memories somehow ignored
Obscured in glittery nostalgic haze

And then the brute banality
The cardboard of reality
The vinyl and the cracking Styrofoam
My happy fiction rudely snuffed
By disappointing actual stuff
Better had I simply stayed at home

Copyright © 2014 by Dave Grossman

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