Why Not Medical School

Today’s poem was inspired by Robert Lee Brewer’s prompt at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-day-16 .

 

WHY I NEVER WENT TO MEDICAL SCHOOL

 

“Ug, this is gross,” I say,

as my fingers glide over the slimy innards.

In eighth grade science class,

we’re dissecting frogs, some of us willingly,

others like me disgusted. “Here’s his stomach,”

my partner says, handing it to me.

Does my stomach look like this, I wonder,

as I hold the oblong object.

It feels squishy–Was it empty?

If not, what did the frog eat before dying?

“Here, hold this part while I cut it,”

Says my partner. I can’t see–

she places my hand where she wants it.

By this time, I’ve had about enough.

My own stomach threatens to divulge its contents.

Without bothering to ask for permission,

I rush from the room, hope never to return.

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/why%20never%20medical%20school.mp3

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

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Flowers Bring Hope

Today is Earth Day. I was inspired to post the following poem by the NaPoWriMo prompt at http://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-two/ . I wrote this a year ago, and you can click on the Dropbox link below the poem to hear me read it.

 

FLOWERS BRING HOPE

 

 

 

Arrow leaf, balsam root

Blanket the hillside

near a pristine lake,

 

bring hope of spring

soon to come,

an end to brutal winter.

 

Warm temperatures

around the corner

melt snow, clear ice.

 

A new beginning

will shortly arrive,

end nature’s tyranny,

 

but even in June,

snow dots mountaintops,

as winter holds on.

 

Meanwhile, in the valleys,

Spring has arrived

with lupine, hope.

 

 

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/flowers%20bring%20hope.mp3

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

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For You, Now That You’re Gone

Today’s poem was inspired by Robert Lee Brewer’s prompt at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-day-21 . Click on the Dropbox link below the poem to hear me read it.

 

FOR YOU, NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE

 

I’m a writer who carries out a lone existence,

as I did ten years ago before we were married.

I no longer struggle to find writing time

in a 40-hour work week. I wake up,

write, eat breakfast, write some more,

work out at the YMCA or take a walk,

eat lunch, write some more,

end the day with Dr. Pepper, e-mail,

and Facebook, eat dinner, read the newspaper

and snail mail, recline with a good book,

go to bed, think of you, wish you were here.

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/for%20you.mp3

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

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Satisfaction Like a Sated Cat

Today’s poem was inspired by the video prompt at http://wapoetlaureate.org/2015/04/16/poetry-for-all-prompt-3/ . Click on the Dropbox link below the poem to hear me read it.

 

SATISFACTION LIKE A SATED CAT

 

She lies with you on the bed,, content,

purrs as you stroke her head, shoulders back,

rub her tummy, enjoy her fur’s softness,

press your cheek against her.

You have no regrets, no desires,

no need to apologize or forgive.

Let her warmth and love surround you,

as the day draws to a close.

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/satisfaction%20like%20a%20sated%20cat.mp3

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

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It Was Inevitable

This weekend, I’ll be in Casper for the WyoPoets annual workshop. Our presenter will be Rick Kempa, a poet and essayist who teaches at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. One of his topics will be how music can inspire poetry. I’ve written several poems inspired by songs I liked. Here’s one of them. You can click on the Dropbox link below the poem to hear me read it and the YouTube link below that to hear the song that inspired it.

 

IT WAS INEVITABLE

 

he would leave her.

After an apology for cheating,

promises to think of her always,

sing every song for her

bring her wedding ring,

he kissed her and walked out to the taxi

that would take him to the plane

but would never bring him back.

 

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15213189/it%20was%20inevitable.mp3

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SneCkM0bJq0

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author

 

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