Day 23 poem-a-day challenge

Hello faithful readers,

The site and Maureen have not let us down, now on day 23! She says: “Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan, whose poems tend to be short and snappy – with a lot of rhyme and soundplay. They also have a deceptive simplicity about them, like proverbs or aphorisms. Once you’ve read a few, you’ll see what I mean.” This prompt seemed daunting at first, but immersing myself in the work of Kay Ryan, I began to feel her rhythm. For this poem, “As Though it Mattered,” I adopted the structure of her poem, “The Best of It,” an incredible poem, and also the title of one of her collections. Here’s her poem from Poetry Magazine:

As Though it Mattered

However we mourn

our lost love, we

go on taking each

breath to keep our

bodies alive. As though

by pouring memories

into a basin of salt, we

could smooth them like

seashells in the surf

as though every red GTO

from 1964 we see is the one

we remember, as though

it mattered.

            Jacquelyn Markham (4/23/2022)