Year 2 : Day 59 – I Met The Future

Charlotte Cuevas ColourA walking stereotype, Charlotte Cuevas is exactly what you’d expect from a children’s librarian and freelance writer – most days you’ll find her bustling about here and there, balancing coffee and a stack of books, fingers stained with ink and pearls jangling. She’s quite serious about poetry, literature, personal growth, and figuring out how to rebuff society’s standards when she’s most content fitting right into them.

The 365 Poetry Project is Charlotte’s attempt to push herself to a greater mastery of the craft, as opposed to her wonderful penchant for writing “whenever I feel like it.” She in no way claims that it was her idea; only that it feels like something she need to do.

The 365 Poetry Project

I met
the future as a cat of nine tails,
each one slivered with glass,
and the whip-master said, “Choose
your road, your pain,
your handrail into the dark.”

I would’ve cried, I would’ve fought
for more time, the injustice,
struggled and sweat for my soul,
but for the voice of the candle-maker,
soft and low and steady,
calming the waves of my pounding heart:

“Choose to walk any road with love.
Take a flame with you down any path.
Anywhere you go will be right
if you walk with love
and shine your light.”

And so I picked what seemed the best,
and loved,
and didn’t worry
about the rest.

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