Wordle 24, for The Sunday Whirl, http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/, is a creation of the fertile mind of Leo, http://1mind2worlds.blogspot.com/. He gave us the twelve-word prompt of: adventure, fearful, signs, face, cobbled, myriad, lost, alone, concrete, remember, church, and circle.
This turned to be one of those poems where I immediately knew where it was going; then, it refused to go there. About a third of the way through, “Meet the parents,” popped into my head, requiring a total rewrite. The only line to remain unchanged was the first one.
by Mike Patrick
There are a myriad reasons for him to be lost.
She will understand that.
“Meet the parents,” she said.
“I’ll be there a little later,” she said.
His first trip to her parent’s house,
and she wants him to face them alone?
Sure. What could go wrong?
Her harpy mom and fearful dad:
the couple from Hell.
Well, this is an adventure
he would rather share with her.
He remembered her directions,
followed the signs,
turned off the concrete
and onto the cobbled street.
Straight ahead . . .
the third house past the church.
For the sixth time, he circled the block.
She will understand him being lost.
She wouldn’t expect him to stop and ask directions;
after all, a man has his pride.