Thursday, January 31, 2008


[Totally Optional Prompts this week asks us "Why You're Alive" and this, I suppose, is part of the answer.]


Stubborn as an untreated red wine stain
on a white cotton shirt,
baked in over time,
fated to stand out
no matter the occasional desire to blend in,
changing the very purpose of the shirt
from a proper buttoned-up affair
to a casual, ok-to-get-messy-in favorite,
a presence that transforms,
altering perceptions that echo,
rippling out into the world.


Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

Oh my gosh, this is just perfect.

UL said...

Grip and hold, stubborn is the poem. Wonderfully crafted.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Stubborn, that's a good answer to the question posed. And poetically put to boot!

sister AE said...

Thanks, Marcia. I'm glad you think so.

Hello, UL, and thanks.

Hi, STG - I get my stubborn from both sides of the family - a double-dipping as it were, so this answer was inevitable.

Linda Jacobs said...

What an effective simile! Your last two lines are gorgeous!

sister AE said...

Thanks, Linda.

tumblewords said...

Perfect. Altering perceptions that echo - love that phrase and the provocative challenge.

sister AE said...

Hello, tumblewords, and thanks.

GoGo said...

I feel exactly like that stain sometimes.



sister AE said...

Thanks, GoGo.