Paula’s Prompts: Wednesday Words

On May 26, 2021, P.T. Wyant posted at ptwyant.com a Wednesday Words prompt involving a pile of logs, leftovers, and an empty shelf.

This poem was the result…

The leftovers lie upon the grill

Above the pile of logs

Soon they’ll be transferred to the empty shelf

We don’t want to waste them

Yet they’re never as good as when fresh off the fire

When the party was in full swing

Now the festivities are winding down

Becoming quieter, becoming more still

Everyone basking in the first social gathering

The first time they’ve seen each other in half a year

Fearful at first to reach for the food 

When once we would have grabbed in innocent greed

We’re no longer as innocent as we once were

Still touched by the shadow of fear left by danger

Somehow we smile and laugh twice as loud

Relaxing as we reach for the leftover food

Daring to smile at each other, to show our faces

Happy to see each other after so long

Shyly we dare to touch each other

Dare to the close the distance we’ve kept

After the enforced separation

It feels like the end of a long journey

A journey we may have to continue

For now we savour the festivities

A moment of mingled joy and relief. 

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