I’m rerunning this in honor of Iain M. Banks, whose death was announced earlier today. Rest in peace, afloat in a new dimension.
April is National Poetry Month. You can celebrate by writing a poem every day, reading a poem every day, or hugging a poet every day 🙂
Today’s poem is based on a writing prompt provided by NaPoWriMo.net. The challenge is to write a poem with a title based on the name of a spacecraft in one of Iain M. Banks’ science fiction novels. His sentient starships have odd, sarcastic names like “Nervous Energy,” “Of Course I Still Love You,” “Unfortunate Conflict of Interest” and “Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill.” I hope you enjoy the one I chose.
A Fine Disregard for Awkward Facts
like an asteroid slamming into the Earth
at 10,000 miles per hour
you delivered the news
but I chose to ignore the impact
as my heart was ripped out of my body
it landed on the floor
in a bloody mass of disconnected arteries
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