A Split Second

Here I am again, exercising my beginner’s poetic grasp.

Today’s prompt is “Seconds”. I got inspiration by traveling back to the day, minutes and last seconds I spent with my younger brother. His weak heart still beating, refusing to go, till it ended.

This is my take:

Striving to live forever like a cat with seven lives

Endless pain mattered as much as a car scratch

Crying for another chance, he resisted like a cyber warrior

Only one more second, his heart persisted as a soft breeze

Never again, was a merciless fate, like hitting a hand grenade

Defeating his strong will and hope like a tsunami

Sucking his life’s nectar and his last stroke, as fast as lightning

To the pro-poets in the course, forgive my simple acrostic and simile and let me learn from your critique, which is heartily welcome.

Day 4 Writing101: Poetry. Prompt by Rosemawrites

A new life sees the world for the first time. Simultaneously, another life takes its final breath.

A passenger that was supposed to board a plane was one second late. Hours later, the plane went missing, the passenger saved.

Unimportant as it may seem, a split second can change our lives in ways we can never imagine. So today, write about the basic unit of time, seconds. Reflect on those few seconds when a loved one was in a life-and-death situation. Relive the few seconds when you held your eldest child for the first time. Recount those seconds when you were waiting for big news that was about to change your life.

Bio: @rosemawrites, a millennial from the Philippines, is a writer by day (working in PR), a reader by night (always by the bed), and a blogger in between.

Her blog, A Reading Writer, features short fiction, poems, anecdotes, personal musings and, of course, bookish thoughts. You can also find her on Goodreads and occasionally on Twitter @rosemawrites.

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Sharing my views and experiences with words and photos - taken with diverse angles - influenced by the multicultural countries I have lived and worked. I studied Psychology and have an MBA. After working for corporates, I became an entrepreneur and consultant. Cycling, hiking, windsurfing, cooking, reading, yoga, writing and photographing, are no longer just hobbies listed in a resume.

25 thoughts on “A Split Second

        1. It’s Sally. It just proves that social media is not always a bad place to meet real, authentic, like-minded people. It’s been a pleasure to virtually connect with you and if I ever visit the area you live in the USA, I’d like to meet you in person.

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