NaPoWriMo 11: for mama morrison

I’ve missed a few days, but I’m BACK! Here’s today’s prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a two-part poem, in the form of an exchange of letters. The first stanza (or part) should be in the form of a letter that you write either to yourself or to a famous fictional or historical person. The second part should be the letter you receive in response. These can be as short or long as you like, in the form of prose poems, or with line breaks – and of course, the subject matter of the letters is totally up to you.

For Mama Morrison

beloved, you resurrected
discarded fragments of 
life, threaded the 
spat raspy whispers
of disembodied lips 
through the eye
of your pen,
bade ink breathe, 
wove a quilt 
of tales, no 
promise of protection,
just a little 
warmth, here and 
there, to cut 
through the chill 
contoured memories left
pages dedicated to
the otherwise unsung
hyper-recognizable visages
of imperfect glory.
but how did 
you do it?

beloved aya, we 
are all born
with soultags of
stardust trailing our
loins and loneliness
belonging both to
hollows and wholes.
there are lies
about either or,
so you must
keep your ear
like a finger
to the pulse
of All That
Is. only then
will you hear
the screams strewn
amiss flecks of
luminous matter attached
to your own
being, and write
to quiet them.

©2021 Aya J. All rights reserved.

By Aya J

I am a writer, lover, wombtender + seeker of all things brave, especially a good story. My life is a work of art.

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