Not Goodbye

Today I am combining two prompts: National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and Friday Fictioneers.

Today is the last day of NaPoWriMo, and the challenge is–appropriately–to write a poem of farewell. However, being the contrarian that I am, I have chosen to write a poem that refuses to say goodbye.

The poem was also written in response to the Friday Fictioneers photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields website, courtesy of photographer and fellow writer Renee Heath. Thank you, Rochelle and Renee! I have not submitted a poem to Friday Fictioneers before, but others have done so with very good results, so I took a chance! I’ve tagged it as both speculative fiction and free verse.

I would also like to express my appreciation to Maureen Thorson, who runs the NaPoWriMo website, with over 1,500 participants this year. She has kept us fully engaged these past 30 days. I hope you’ve had a chance to check out some of the interesting poetry that was produced (including, I hope, mine).


Not Goodbye

by Jan Brown

Time runs out
Like wax dripping from a spent candle
Forming little rivulets of pain
If I could travel in time
A thousand years hence
Surely cancer would have been cured
Would they allow me to return?
Return to your bedside with a magic vial
Or perhaps an electronic device
Shooting nanobots into your bloodstream
Racing through your shattered body
I shall light the candle anew
And watch your body refresh
Losing the shrunken, bony appearance
So uncharacteristic of you
Your senior years should be as beautiful
As memorable
As amazing
As you are
And I
Shall. Not. Say. Goodbye.


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