For today’s prompt, take the phrase “How (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “How to Write a Poem,” “How Mechanical Pencils Work,” and “Howling at the Moon After Midnight in the Middle of a Thunderstorm.”


Image © John and Margaret


by John Yeo

How come?
How does fate discriminate?
How do you account for this outcome?
How did the virus get into the brain?
How do we accept the finality of death?
When no-one ever ever comes back.


How do I explain to the children,
That their Father is going to die?
What do I say about something unknown?
They are bound to ask me the question
Why their Dad will never come back?


What did he do to be under this threat?
May I know the truth please Doc?
If there is a God in heaven above
How can he preach about love,
When my husband is going to die?


Please tell me the truth Nurse?
How come my Mummy is crying?
Why is my Daddy not talking to me?
I think I am going to cry,
How come life is so cruel?


Copyright (c) Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

Written for Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic asides blog on “Writers Digest”

2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 10


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