Be Prepared

you ripped my small heart
off my sleeve
and pinned it down
to your own puffed chest,
some kind of merit
badge of honor.

See, here’s the thing:

have a right
to bare arms.

And you
are no boy scout.



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14 Responses to Be Prepared

  1. John Bauer says:

    Thanks for your positive comment on my poem. Means a lot to me since you are accomplished poet.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      That’s a generous compliment, John, but for me “accomplished” just means writing every day, plodding and playing along, one word at a time. 😉 My first PAD challenge was in 2009, and I’m so thankful for the challenge and encouragement it brings. You’ve got a great voice, and I look forward to reading more of you, this month and beyond.

  2. Marie Elena says:

    Excellent imagery and emotion, as usual!

  3. Power – I hear so much strength in this, De…for some reason, I see a fierce and beautiful lioness!

  4. gh0stpupp3t says:

    And you
    are no boy scout.

  5. PSC says:

    Oh — LOVE this, De!

  6. drnurit says:

    Short and telling. Love it, Hannah!

  7. I can’t help but hear the “Yesterday” as the beatle’s song!
    “Be prepared” is the best advice. Boring as heck, but it always makes everything better.

  8. Dusty Writes says:

    Hoo-boy, that’s tellin’ ’em.

  9. Shawna says:

    This is pretty much genius. You are so clever! I’m always so impressed with how you can take a word or a concept and turn it into such magic.

    • Shawna says:

      I mean really, “I have a right to bare arms”?! That is unbelievable, De. But you’re so right; we should be able to open and honest about our feelings, but we just can’t because we’ll get hurt. Wonderful writing, friend.

  10. Kir Piccini says:

    I liked this one quite a bit.
    Your word play impresses and inspires me every single day.
    Packin a punch m’lady. Awesome.

  11. ihatepoetry says:

    This was great – loved the puns and the laugh and the point. You make it look effortless.

  12. whimsygizmo says:

    Thank you all, so much.

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