I have never believed in love
at first sight, to think that I might
see someone and know everything
that their being composes is what I adore,
to immediately put on a lens of pink roses,
to look in their eyes and know they’re comprised
of all the best things I could want or could need, to be
instantly drawn, like the pull of a magnet, to tell from
the fragmented moment we shared, that their soul and mine
were made to intertwine, to believe in sweet bliss from the curve
of the lips, to feel my heart pound a never before heard sound, to know
that I know that I know, my life changed in an instant, one blink and I’m weak.
But what is life if not comprised of moments that defy the logic and reason we
desperately try to impose in order to find a sense of fleeting control, moments that
manage to steal our breath away, and so, I have always believed in love at first sight.
NaPoWriMo Day 30 Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a palinode – a poem in which you retract a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem. For example, you might pick a poem you drafted earlier in the month and write a poem that contradicts or troubles it. This could be an interesting way to start working on a series of related poems. Alternatively, you could play around with the idea of a palinode by writing a poem in which the speaker says something like “I take it back” or otherwise abandons a prior position within the single poem.