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April’s PAD — Day Twenty-four

April 25, 2014

Prompt: “Tell it to…” as title, write poem

 

Tell It to the Moon

Every night once the house looms
heavy with sleep
Harold takes a beer from the fridge
and settles into a lounge chair out back
As he drinks the beer, he allows the day
to slide off his shoulders — No more
arguments with Jenn, no more cranky kids
no nagging boss, no more swollen traffic
And then he lifts his face toward the sky
gazes upon the moon and begins to talk

He tells the moon what he would tell no other
about how pretty his wife is when angered
how he wishes he could still cuddle his kids
how tired he is of his job of thirty years
and how he wishes he could visit the moon

He has talked to the moon every night
since he was eighteen
when he came upon his father bearing all
Harold cried that night, hearing his father speak
he never thought he was loved until then
So each night as Harold speaks
a tiny microphone records his talks with the moon
And in a box in the shed, hundreds of cassettes tell all

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