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Fortune Cookie Day – #poetry #napowrimo

April 13, 2016


Prompt: The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies.

(Unfortunately not all fortune cookies predict luck! Here is one [in italics at the end] that I saved from a while back.)

Fortune Cookie Day
(a prose poem)

What should have been a normal day began with a twist – from the corner of the sidewalk where my heel slipped. I hobbled down the road, whimpering in pain, stood upon the platform – I’d missed my destined train. I grabbed a cup of coffee and settled down to wait, then along came a thief determined to set me straight. He stole my money and my watch, my computer and phone, then laughed as I stumbled off to be alone. With no money to reach my destination, I headed off back home, where I happened upon the firemen and my house covered in foam. I’d left the curling iron on and a fire broke out. I was penniless with no home and not an ounce of clout. Could this day get any worse? I shouted and cursed. Then a stranger bought me food, Chinese of course, and as I read the fortune cookie, I bowed my head in remorse. It finally made sense, why my life was in a fray…

You learn from your mistakes… You will learn a lot today.

©2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved.

  1. Well if I EVER get a fortune like that I’ll demand a new one straight away!!! Maybe TWO MORE just to be sure! 😮

    • *laughs* seriously! If it hadn’t been a delivered meal and I had ate in, I probably would have too 😀

  2. Thanks for stopping by for A to Z at GirlZombieAuthors! Looking forward to reading more of your blog, too!

  3. It is better to learn now then have it as a looming sword over the heart, and have some impending learning from the good stuff 🙂 This prompt made me sound like a fortune cookie! I loved your take on it, especially since you picked a fortune that does not sound glamorous.

  4. Made me laugh, too. Great job with the internal rhymes 🙂

  5. Sounds like this day should be a do-over.

  6. *big smile*

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