Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Write an “occasional” poem. What’s that? Well, it’s a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion.
Graduation Day Can I sit beside you and cheer out loud Without fear or paranoia And not be nervous in a crowd Handshakes replaced by an eyebrow raise I don’t recognize you If you don’t wear the same coat Tired of my recycled breath And my moist chin The anti-fog cloth fails every time Is this separation a trial Giving wide berth As if everyone is suspicious Not missing some social expectations Did I just purge Unnecessary friendships Throw my mask in the air Like on graduation day If this is ever over Lessons learned Yet are we be prepared the next time When the world fights back
Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 25
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.