2015 PAD – Day 28

Need an uplifting image? How about redbuds and apple blossoms at Rocky Ridge Farm (Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum).

Need an uplifting image? How about redbuds and apple blossoms at Rocky Ridge Farm (Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum).

The day 28 prompt at Poetic Asides is (to quote the site):

  1. Write a matter poem. Matter is what things are made of.
  2. Write an anti-matter poem. The opposite of a matter poem.

With my unscientific mind, there’s no way I could address “matter” or “anti-matter” in a poem, so I took a different tack. My inspiration was three images/videos I saw shared on Facebook earlier today:

WHEN EVERYTHING’S THE MATTER

You don’t have to read this.
In a world of earthquakes and riots,
dead piled on pyres, stores aflame,
in the midst of all that’s burning,
these lines don’t really matter.
I can describe the uplifting images:
a dog’s joy at greeting his returned companion,
a hummingbird feeding her young,
a herd of sheep trotting down
a 19th century Cincinnati street—
they’re pretty, appealing, but they don’t
change the world. Although
for those few seconds I didn’t think
about police shootings or Nepal.
No one said absorption in the planet’s crises
has to be 100%. I say a little appreciation
of the finer things in life
makes the tragedies endurable.
Is something the matter? Wait.
First, look at this.

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