2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3
By: Robert Lee Brewer ~ November 3, 2016
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I’d Only (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “If I’d Only Asked Her Out,” “If I’d Only Gone Left Instead of Right,” “If I’d Only Taken That Chance,” etc. Don’t wonder what would’ve happened if you’d only written that poem; get to it now!
I had trouble with trying to condense this one: I still think it is a long piece with room for a diet
IF I’D ONLY REMEMBERED……..
by John Yeo
Work has been stressful without a break
I’ll feel better when I get home.
The flight was late, I had a horrendous wait
It’ll be good to surprise the family.
It’s been a hard week but I’m early.
My wife will be delighted.
When she knows I’ve been successful.
I’ll be taking her out to dinner tonight.
The taxi pulled up behind a posh new car.
There’s another one parked in the drive.
My children must have some visitors.
Two brand new matching luxury cars.
Mary, my wife rushed out of the house
“Welcome home! Our luck finally changed!
Isn’t the windfall exciting?
Thirteen million pounds is a massive amount.
I knew our numbers would come up in the end.
Come inside, relax, put your feet up,
Your work is now a thing of the past.
We have many plans to make.
I have rung round the family, everyone knows.
We’re having a party.to celebrate”
My face must have mirrored my confusion
When my wife grinned and continued.
“Don’t tell me you’ve been so busy
You haven’t heard the news.
Our regular lottery numbers have won,
We are now multi-millionaires.
We just need the ticket to prove it.”
My face went white in shocked surprise.
Reality took seconds to surface.
Thirteen million pounds, a huge amount
That sadly we can never claim.
I certainly would have celebrated,
If only I’d remembered to buy the ticket.
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