Day 29, NaPoWriMo – Penultimate

The prompt for today’s NaPoWriMo was to write of remembering which I didn’t know until after I’d gotten to work. I was chewing on the word ‘penultimate’ during the commute – where do these things come from? – so it all worked out in the end. Not bad for a first draft.


Just before I remember what I was
before all of this, before all of this,
I hope to remember you, my own love,
Recalling with the last beats of my heart
how you made it race so many years past
how my breath came up short as you held me
and I’d thought for awhile I was dying
’til one day saw it was clearly your pull
on my whole being. On my whole being.
You who made me remember what love feels
just before i remember what I was
before I was some one who loved at all
I wish to recollect your face, the one
which broke open my being to all things.

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3 Responses to Day 29, NaPoWriMo – Penultimate

  1. Wonderful.. I love your poem. A friend asked me my favorite word in the English language and I said “penultimate.” She was amazed, as she’d been asked to do the same thing in an online workshop and had chosen the same word. When I asked my best male friend, he chose the same word. What are the chances? Obviously you caught our drift.
    Again, a lovely poem…Judy I did the prompt but then did this poem for the WordPress prompt.

  2. Betty frezon says:

    Mary Beth you truly impressed me right through today. Such depth of words. Serious thoughts just pour out of you. I am indeed proud to be your Mom.

  3. AJ says:

    Very powerful, evocative of both love in the moment and love remembered. Deep longing and ecstatic, eyes-wide-open wonder. I keep going back and rereading and finding more again. Thank you!

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