Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Totally Optional Prompt - Firsts

Totally Optional Prompt: Firsts

There is something very memorable about the firsts in our lives. I remember my first day of kindergarten, clinging desperately to my mom with one hand and having the teacher, Mrs. Neilson, practically pulling my other arm out of its socket trying to get me away from her. Kind of ironic that I became a teacher!

Anyway, that's the prompt this week: write a poem about a first in your life. The possibilities are endless, really.

First vehicle - First kiss - First marriage - First grade - First flight - First drink

It started out with young love
Happy, exuberant, joyful and free
He was my first kiss, my first love
But I've come to learn firsts don't last

Four years of dating
Freshman through senior
Couldn't wait to be married
It was my dream come true

The first three years were fairly normal
Learning to live as one
But a miscarriage of fate turned the tides
It was probably the beginning of the end

When the first girl was born
At the end of the third year
My heart filled with so much joy
Until the betrayal slipped from his lips

Where do I go, what do I do
I was hopelessly trapped with no way out
Embarrassed by the mistake
That was now coming clear

But I thought the second girl
Would change it all back
Unfortunate for me
This was the nail in the coffin

So after four years of dating
And six as man and wife
My world ripped apart
And would be years in the mending

(Art by Eric M. Chicago)


bella rum said...

You're right, we do tend to remember our "firsts," and I do remember a fragment of my first day at school. I recall the teacher having us go to the blackboard in small groups and make a 0 on the board. I can't believe you brought that memory back.

Insightful words.

paisley said...

this reminds me of what i like about the term "starter wife"..... beautifully written.....

Jeanie said...

THis is so thoughtful and so very deep, really sad; really beautiful. Very nice, Bobbi.

gautami tripathy said...

Beautifully sad. Love that picture too..

book of myth or reality?

Tumblewords: said...

Sad but very well written. Life can sure be painful.

Anonymous said...

God bless you with strength :)

Sweet Talking Guy.. said...

I'm sorry to hear how it all turned out but I like the way you wrote it and from the off it reminded me of the song - It started with a kiss...

Linda Jacobs said...

Makes me wonder if we really ever know a person. You think you do and then...

I sense strength in this poem and independence!