David Harrison challenges poets to write around a single word and lets his readers vote for their favorite. In October 2009, the word was “thanks.” My poem placed third.
A Wedding Toast
Dear Auntie Karen,
Thanks for the thank-you note.
But it’s clear you didn’t
Open the box.
Did you really imagine
Your own brother (and his daughters)
Would give his only sister
On her wedding day?
Before you rushed to return it,
We wish that you had discovered
Our gift cards and childish notes of love in each