The Best Day

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Write a story or poem about the best day of you or your character's life.

Part of the Under a Grand Cap collection: Shorts and writing prompt exercises under 1000 words.

Submitted: September 28, 2018

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Submitted: September 28, 2018

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Write a story or poem about the best day of you or your character's life.
 
A/N: I decided to dedicate this freeform poem to Clara, the main character of my novel, "The Charlatan." I'm writing from her point of view. You don't need to read The Charlatan to appreciate this piece.
 
Freckles that seem more like tiny flecks of ashes from her fiery curls,
those are her favourite feature, she tells me.
It's a strange way, to pretend that what the sun's painted are instead symbolism for destruction.
Perhaps that is why she intrigues me,
why her freckles and sunny smile don't actually go together
and why her freckles and mischief instead make the better pair.
 
The midsummer sun highlights her freckles most today
as I watch her handle glass more deftly than she's ever handled paper,
her strength lying strangely in handling fragile-er things
and I think I know why she handles me so well.
There's her smile, the mischievous grin that sets my heart ablaze
with warmth, knowing that her next trick will be counting my sheep.
 
I don't know how it starts,
my crying and remembering,
whether it's at her bar or at her table,
but the fire in my head stands nothing against the fire of her hair
and her care.
She counts my sheep when I cannot, until I can,
 
And I am calm.
 
And now we count the minutes to the sun's rise.
The light says, "Day is come,"
but although it be beautiful, all oranges and reds,
the red of the sky stands nothing to the red of her hair
which she flings behind her shoulders.
And although the sunrise marks a new day, 
 
I know the best day is always a good night.


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