New Day

For Amaya’s prompt, Kafka for Children.  As an explanation, I don’t have children nor do I have contact with them. At the age of 6 I had an 8th grade readling level (or higher), I read Mother Goose many decades ago, but I didn’t read Dr. Seuss or any of those writers for children, I have never held a child or baby, and I don’t do rhymes.  I was raised around adults and teenagers.  I don’t know how to write for children. This is the best I can do.  If it doesn’t fit the prompt, then you were warned.  She gave us several quotes to use.  I have written an American Sentence.

New Day
“The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked.” F. Kafka, The Zürau Aphorisms

Every morning I awaken and greet the sunrise with excitement.



The Only One

Today at Toads Susie asks us to find inspiration in the life and art of Frida Kahlo. I admit, I never knew that much about her. Since I have googled her and found out quite a bit. Susie gives us quotes and pics. I chose a different quote and a portrait she painted of her husband, Diego. The indomitable spirit of Frida inspired this poem.

The Only One
“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.” Frida Kahlo

I thought when he left I would die.
Die of pain.
Die of grief.
Die of emptiness.
Die without passion.
Then one day I woke up.
Self sez to me:
Do you think you are the only person who has ridden
this train wreck to the end of the line?
Do you think you are the only person to have someone
who spoke to the darkness in your soul?
Do you think you will never again scream in ecstasy
and rake your nails across someone’s back?
Get back on that trolley
and pay the fare again.
Don’t pull the bell until you are past your stop.
Then walk back and open the door.

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