Today’s prompt on Poetic Asides is to write a Poem titled, “After ______.”
by Beth Weaver-Kreider
After all is said and done,
when you’ve won the battle,
when you catch your breath
and stretch your fingers to the sun,
will you still believe in all the words
and songs that led you to your path?
Will you remember all the guides
who walked beside you in the lonesome days?
Will you praise the small coincidences
of the wayside trees that brought you comfort,
and the sort of incidental shining stones
that made a trail for you to follow?
After the dust has settled,
after the room has stopped spinning,
after the dice have rolled the magic number,
will you stumble onward blindly
in the noonday glare, or will you pause
and rest a moment, give a knowing glance
toward the river and the willows, the pebbles
and the flaming trees of spring?
Will you sing a grateful poem to the day?
Will you kneel? Will you build an altar?
Will you dance? Will you pray?
1. Phoebe calling
2. Bluebird muttering
3. Fixing things
May we walk in Beauty!