by Pat Phillips West
The record-setting heat this summer has caused a rip in the universe, presenting the opportunity for you to go back in time and alter one event. What event do you alter? Describe your encounter from the past, its consequences and how this adjustment changes the present.
The poem “Mag” by Carl Sandburg begins:
“I WISH to God I never saw you, Mag.
I wish you never quit your job and came along with me.
I wish we never bought a license and a white dress”
Consider writing about a relationship like Carl Sandburg – one you’d rather never happened.
Or write about something that you caused to go sideways. How would you set things straight?
Have fun playing with time.
Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, OR, for now. Her poems appear or will appear in Imagination & Place: Weather, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher6, Manzanita Writers Press, San Pedro River Review and elsewhere.