Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 9

April is National Poetry Month so I’m tackling the Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer.

Today’s prompt: Write a love poem. All you need is love. <and/or> Write an anti-love poem. Or not. (Remember: There are many forms of love: romantic love, friend and family love, love of being alive, etc.)

Photo by Joanna Kosinska / Unsplash

Photo by Joanna Kosinska / Unsplash

SURPRISE

Walking down that aisle to you, I was sure I knew
how it all worked, how
love
worked, its mysterious machinery a puzzle
I’d already learned to solve.
Not that you were a puzzle—no—I thought I had you, had
love
all figured out. Thought it was like that old song
to know him
is to love him,

thought that
all I had to do was know you better so I could
love
you better.
That you would be a book and I
your eager reader.
I would quickly learn
your story, your quirks, your
motivation. I would read you
again and again. You would be
so familiar, so
inviting, that I would long to
lose myself in you.
Your plot would be intricate—yes—full of jolts and intrigue—yes—
but I would know you so well
I could quote you by heart.
I would be a scholar and my specialty you,
I and I alone able to parse
your particular symbolism:
an expert in my field.

But I got it
all wrong. You
are no static book, no
constant plot, no
single volume—no—
you are a flurry of letters,
a flood
of new quirks, and
I am forever relearning, re-
loving
you.