It’s the last day of NaPoWriMo, and we are challenged to examine the way that we begin and end our poems. One way we can do this is to take a poem we have previously written, turn it upside down (with the last line becoming the first), and edit it so that it makes sense.
I chose to do this with the poem I wrote for Day 1 of NaPoWriMo. The original poem started in a place of darkness and proceeded to a hoped-for state of light. Of course, reversing the order gave a different feel. With only a few words changed, the poem now ends by advising the reader not to be afraid of the dark (i.e., pain and suffering). I hope I can follow that advice myself!
I think the poem still retains the essence of hope and healing. If I have learned anything, it is that without hope, we cannot move forward.
as you stand before the gate
she brushes off the snow and makes you beautiful
she carried you in a blithe but urgent rush
to your yearned-for destination
you ascend on angel’s wings
when light has failed you
so welcome the dark