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The Assignment

by Angela Nuzzo

I'm supposed to be writing a poem.
Something transcendental,
or funny or, at least, cool.
A poem that will resonate
with everyone who reads it,
or the ONE person who
really needs to understand it
at that moment.
Hopefully it would be uplifting.
Not something dark or gloomy.
Not about death.
It would be positive,
life-reaffirming,
about happy days – even if
they are in the past.
I wouldn't want to get
bogged down in negatives,
like the fact that you're not here,
or that it's been three months
since I last heard your voice.
If I concentrate,
maybe I can get through a stanza
without referencing your smile
or your sick sense of humor.
I'll keep my pen to the page
and not wander to Facebook
to re-read our conversations
from over the past two years.
I won't write about
a life without my sister.
Instead I'll mention
blue skies or bright stars.
Something transcendental,
or funny, or at least cool.

01/30/2014

Author's Note: Patricia Marie 12-6-69 - 10-17-13.

Posted on 01/30/2014
Copyright © 2023 Angela Nuzzo

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 01/30/14 at 01:45 PM

This is an excellent tribute to your sister,Angela,that I relate to.I am so sorry for your loss...it touches me, as I too lost a brother to cancer at age 32. ~xo

Posted by George Hoerner on 01/30/14 at 02:46 PM

Exceptionally well done! A very nice read.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 01/30/14 at 05:03 PM

Difficult to lose a very close relative or friend. You express it in a refreshing way. It is also a way of saying the person is not, will not be forgotten.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/31/14 at 03:56 AM

Sorry for your loss Angela. I like the way you've handled this 'assignment.' An A+ in my book.

Posted by George Hoerner on 12/03/17 at 05:00 PM

My wife always has to remind me to smile instead of looking as if I'd rather be dead. Oh how little she knows. But also how little I know!! Nice write.

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