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April’s PAD — Day Twenty-two

April 22, 2014

prompt: Two for Tuesday – write an optimistic poem and/or a pessimistic poem

 

The Glass

I filled the glass full when I was a teenager
and drank and drank until it was half-empty
Sometimes I would begin to fill it
only to have liquid leak out
and run down the front of my shirt
It left a permanent coffee stain
until I was in my mid-twenties
and as a magic trick
I learned to place my hand
over the top of the glass, turn it upside down
and leave it on the table half-full
It was quite a balancing act
the slightest movement could upset the glass
and out would pour the liquid
or someone would come by and rip
the glass off of the table
but I knew how to set it right again
until my late thirties
My balancing act fell all apart
my glass shattered to the floor
and I couldn’t set things right again
My glass wasn’t half-full or half-empty
it was nonexistent — I was nonexistent
I felt worthless and all through my forties
Now as my forties are coming to a close
I’ve discovered a very small wine glass
and I am trying to balance it like before
the liquid keeps leaking, the table rocks
but it is staying half-full

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