I got lucky on this one. The prompt was to take the first words or sentence we heard after reading this prompt, and build a poem around it. The first sentence I heard (from a movie in the next room!) was “You’ve got a criminal mind.” That immediately sparked this:
A Criminal Mind
I want to steal a moment in time,
just a single moment.
No one will miss it— I swear.
A moment that I can lose myself in,
a moment where I can do anything I want to,
or nothing at all,
a moment to reflect, ponder, laugh, cry,
wonder, dream, sing, dance,
shout out loud, whisper softly,
or all of the above.
A moment to carve out and capture in amber,
a moment that I don’t have to account for, ever,
a moment that I will guard jealously,
and always treasure,
a single moment to call my own. Someday,
I don’t know when,
I will return this moment, unharmed,
with compound interest— I swear.
Powerful, your recognition of the value of a single moment. Love the line capture in amber.
Thanks, J.D. I’ve always been riveted by the image of insects preserved in amber, and thought of that when I was trying to capture a single moment in time.
Beautifully done. I love the last stanza.
Thanks Pamela– this is a topic I’ve given much thought to.
to carve out and capture in amber…
What a nice phrase! Excellent work.
Ahhh yes. This resonates. You expressed this so well. I love the idea of returning it unharmed…with interest!
Unharmed, but with just a minor bit of wear and tear… 🙂
P.S. I see you wrote 3 poems in one day!!!!! Very impressive.
Thanks– I’ve also been doing the Poetic Asides PAD Challenge, so yes, everyday I churn out two poems, and on those rare days, a third even slips out.