General Poetry posted April 2, 2019

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(The benefits of going for a solo walk.)

I've Gone To Roam

by LisaMay

I have left home 
because I’ve gone to roam
though I won’t see the Coliseum or Forum
If I do I’ll ignore ’em

I will not take my phone
I want to be alone
Greta Garbo gets my drift
solitude can so uplift

I seek the sublime
I may be some time
but I hope I don’t die like Captain Oates
leaving only his sacrifice notes

I’ll be on the road less travelled
because my life has unravelled
It’s a frosty path not taken
but I need to refresh and awaken

At the end of my roam
There’s no place like home
so I will return for some tea
I’ll be in a good mood
and will relish some food
with just you – my darling – and me

"Dear Roommate" writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Poets have a unique way of expressing themselves. Write a note, in poem form -any style except limerick or monostitch- in your own unique way, to whomever you live with, explaining why you're not home. Use the following guide as an example, but make up your own scenario. Use your imagination. Be clever, snarky, funny, whatever suits the occasion.

Then, if you think it needs an explanation, provide one for the readers and voters, in non-poetic terms, in the Author's Note section.


in the emptiness
that has become
our life,
I slip away
to ease my

Author's Notes:
We're out of milk yet again because my spouse bought an inadequate amount, and now I am forced to go to the grocery store for it, myself.

The above notes and poem about getting the milk apply to the Contest and not to the poem above, "I've Gone To Roam".

Below are my Author's Notes for contest entry poem, "I've Gone To Roam":

My roommate will understand all the references, but I have put them in for the sake of other readers.

1.) Rome, the capital of Italy, has many historic buildings, among them the Coliseum and the Forum precinct.

2.) Greta Garbo (1905-1990) Hollywood icon, is credited with saying "I want to be alone". (Apparently, more correctly, she said "I want to be let alone.")

3.) "I am just going outside. I may be some time" was written on a note by Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), and left in the tent on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition. While suffering from frostbite and sheltering from a blizzard, Oates felt he was decreasing his companions' chances of survival. He voluntarily left the tent and was never seen again.

4.) "The Road Not Taken" is a well-loved poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963).
The lines in this stanza refer to his poem's last three lines:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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