This poem is an entry for Free Write Friday, a regular event at the Kellie Elmore website. Below is the image prompt (a GIF of the wind), followed by the poem that I created in response to it.
I love how images can inspire writers! Have you used an image prompt lately?
My hand flies as I wish my body to do.
I curse the extra pounds that I
Carry at the hips.
I never authorized their approach.
I long to dance on the clouds with bare feet and
Feel my brown hair swing in the
Reach of the wind’s laughter.
I wish to move by a power other than my own mind.
Sometimes I wish that
Certain scenes would not play in my mind.
I know the characters,
I know the emotional pain.
Will my hand blow out of the car window
If the speed increases, slow and steady?
I undo my seatbelt, put both my
Palms up, and throw them outside of the window.
They do not leave my arms,
They do not fly away.
The characters form a line in my mind, again.
I put my hands into a prayer position and
I look up at the blue sky.
Tell me when the red lights are no more.
©2013 Christy Birmingham
This is christyb, wishing you to play nicely with the characters in your mind.
- Free Write Friday: Storms, Bullies, Wine (poeticparfait.com)