happy now – a poem

Side Note:

I’m taking part in the 2014 PAD challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Today’s Poem is to:

For today’s prompt, write a happy now poem. There are a few ways to come at this prompt. For instance, I could think something along the lines of, “I am happy now.” Or I could spin it another way with, “Am I happy now?” Or project outwards, “Are you happy now?” Of course, the emphasis could be on the word “happy” or the word “now.” I hope everyone finds happiness with their poeming now.

Instead of writing for NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to make these poems inspired by the second draft of my work-in-progress, currently titled “Arch Villains”. It will also be posted in the PAD Challenge post.

The Vine on the Flower on the Wall. Image by Heather Button
The Vine on the Flower on the Wall. Image by Heather Button

happy now?

Are you happy now?
A loaded question
filled with pain,
regret, longing
and guilt.

Thinking back
on that moment
pivotal, buried deep
exponential grief resurfaces.

No,
happiness doesn’t live here.
Screams echo in
nightmares while awake.
It hasn’t since
he took away
her faculties
her abilities
her self
leaving behind
en empty shell.
She is the reason
l don my armor daily,
fighting for the greater good.

Though I’m not happy
l have my moments.
Especially when
those treacherous
villainous miscreants
are finally stopped.
For the moment
the screams cease
and I have peace.

How about you?

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This post was first published at http://heatherbutton.com 2014/11/06.

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