Epiphany

I awoke from a dream the other day
it wasn't a normal dream for me
and I woke up in a cold, cold sweat
because I'd had an epiphany

The foresight to which I would foresee
took my breath away, and no matter
how deep of a breath I gulped the
anxiety became urgency

This feeling that I kept, was the feeling
one gets..like a baby needing it's nursing,
still I chuckle inside while I pushed it
to the back of my mind and went on
about my day as nothing

towards the end of the week I was knocked
off of my feet with the ringing of the phone,
It was my mama to say.."I had a heart attack
that day..luckily I wasn't alone".

After this call I would sit and weep for
the many years I had given her
adolescent grief

But if I could turn back the hands of time
I would not do it just for me,
I would do it for my mom and dad so
that I remember them smiling and
not for making then sad

 I now replay my thirty six years in life
to figure out how it all flew by,
and as I follow the deaths through
our generation tree, yep, the next
is my parents..and then will be me

Comments:
 
penname   penname wrote
on 2/10/2009 7:12:36 PM
this was amazing. how it unfolded was unexpected. that last stanza deserves a standing ovation. i love the way you tell as story, but in poem form. epiphany for sure, but this was so not the epiphany i expected. it leaves the reader with the feel of "not knowing how to feel about this" revelation, sad, disturbed. This is awesome writing. i am a loss for words.

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