poem a day, day 10.

napowrimo #10:celebrate! Write about a birthday party, a wedding, a baptism — any kind of celebration where you were with family or friends or both. Write about the colors you remember, the sounds (and how they made you feel) and the tastes you remember from any of those events. Did these things make you feel good? Did you experience any new foods? Did you meet any new people?

Sometimes, beyond our control, festivities can take a turn for the worse. Maybe that happened to you or someone you know. Whatever happened, be it great or not so great, let’s write about it!

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as you step in the water, its cold bites at your knees and picks at your pores only at first, though, and then the water begins to lap around you like a blanket in winter

as you tell your story, your tears roll off your fingers as you try to wipe them away and fall into the still water at your waist, each one creating roses of waves

and you see all the faces looking back at you, smiling faces and one face more familiar than the rest-- it is you, yesterday, with tombstone eyes and tired shoulders. before you fall back, you look for the last time upon that face and whisper goodbye.

your sins and failures bleed out like dye and wash downstream. the washing white water fills your nose and ears and every bruise and scar.

when the water flushes from your eyes, all you can see is his face, his gaze, his grace.