In the UK and Ireland, today is National Poetry Day. There is a full program of events lined up for the days surrounding this popular annual event in Ireland. Just use the tags #thinkofapoem and #nationalpoetryday to tag your poetry related events and join in the fun. This year’s theme is ‘REMEMBER’, and so without further ado, I present to you my poem for National Poetry Day 2014.
We jump in the car on a whim, and drive
back to the places of our past,
to the days when spontaneity
was the only way we lived.
We are heady with remembering,
drunk on nostalgia,
and it’s a subtle rebellion,
this abandoning the now and all that’s in it
for the sake of what once was.
But on arriving, we sit quiet.
Memories flare, vivid…lurid.
The minutiae faded by time,
dulled with age,
is not the gift we’d anticipated.
We clutch hands, turn the car,
journey back into our familiar future.