Monday, November 11, 2013

The Other Me

2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The Other (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Some possible titles may include: “The Other Side of the Story,” “The Other Brother,” “The Other Hand,” or whatever else you concoct. And remember: I really don’t care if you bend or break the prompt in your favor. My prompts are just a starting place.


The me you see
Is quite ordinary
Not shy, not bold
Somewhere in between
What I once was
And the dream I hold
Where the curves of my skin
Are all you can see
And I wish I could show you
The other me

We all conceal
‘The other me’
Within ourselves
Its poetry
Withheld, it seems
But ever the pulse
Within our dreams
As we strive toward
Who we hope to be
Living in the curves our skin
‘The other me’

Darling, it is no good
I will never be
And we
For all the air-brushing of poetry
Are mumbling, stumbling
Fumbling mortality
And if we could see
‘the other me’
And touch her face
I fear
There would be
‘another other me’
To take her place

© Janet Martin


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