For day 15 of the Style Inspires Poetry Challenge, I had almost nothing planned. Since I didn’t plan on leaving the apartment, I thought it was perfectly reasonable to wear capris. I paired them with my nude camisole and maroon lace top.
I spent the day cleaning, packing and writing. It’s crazy to think that I’ll be out of this apartment by the end of the week and completely done with school in exactly one month. I got an email from Melinda, the features editor at The Grand Forks Herald, today asking exactly when I would start; it’s now official, I’m starting my new job as a features reporter for Accent on May 20. Sending the email made me start thinking about my first day, and I got a little nervous.
However, I’m happy to say that I’m more excited than nervous. Once I accepted the position, I started jotting down ideas for the section in a little notebook. They aren’t all the most brilliant ideas, but at least it’s getting me thinking and brainstorming topics I could potentially cover.
I’ve been looking everywhere for inspiration lately and realized it’s people who inspire me the most, so today I wrote a poem about a random bartender. It’s crazy how many people cross our paths daily that go unnoticed. I guess you could say this poem is somewhat inspired by the poem “Some People” by Rolf Jacobsen (you should check it out – it’s a good one!).
He wears faded old blue jeans,
a solid gray thermal and a plastic
blue Avengers mask over his face.
It’s “Tax Day” they say,
“that’s why everyone’s wearing
red, white and blue.”
I’m sipping a long island, trying
to make the connection between
The Avengers and taxes.
Staring across the bar, I find myself
lost in my thoughts but suddenly I snap
back to reality and for a split second
our eyes meet.
They’re small, dark brown beads.
I wonder ‘what’s his story’ but walk away.