I received the “The Daily Poet,” a book filled with day-by-day writing prompts, for my birthday (thank you Nancy & David!). Instead of starting from beginning, I chose to start the very next day, Nov. 11. The prompt was to write a poem to or about a veteran doing something completely normal and w/out mentioning war, guns, or a bombing.
It’s hot today, breaking 109°F
I’m idling behind you, lazily watching
Your attentive passenger panting in your Jeep.
You pour him some water while you wait
For the pump to shut off.
The shepherd comes alive at your words.
He wears an American flag bandana,
You wear raindrop scars pitted along your right arm and leg,
And a gaze I can’t easily identify.
I glance at my son, asleep and sweating in his car seat
As you pull away, and we roll into your spot.
•MH• Veterans Day 2014
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The book: “The Daily Poet” Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano.