Peace Poem II: Epiphany Me

This is the other poem I read at the 3rd annual World Peace Poets Read-In.  At this event I like to be the last poet to read.  These Read-In’s go for about three to six hours, so, a bit of humor at the end is helpful.  My prose poem “Epiphany Me” uses crude language but it is a down-to-earth account of me trying to figure life out AND find some peace (and quiet).  It was also a blast to perform.  Enjoy- SPL

 

Sherlock-Epiphany
Benedict Cumberbatch as BBC One’s “Sherlock” having an epiphany.

 

Epiphany Me

One time I pee’d at the same time my upstairs neighbor turned on his shower.

Another time, I sneezed at the same moment a car backfired.

Yesterday, while walking I farted loudly, normally noticeable, except it was the same moment an engineer blew the train’s whistle.

One time, while walking along the sidewalk,  I had an epiphany at the exact instant a low-speed rear-end collision occurred.  It was just violent enough that I forgot what I had just realized.

With intense drive and meditation I tried to recall that epiphany to further my journey on the globe.

 

When it came around—

When I was so close to realizing its identity, again, a child fell and cried causing such a commotion that I forgot—AGAIN!

 

I pee’d.

I sneezed,

I farted, anything to reenact the path to minor enlightenment a third time.

And then it happened.  At the same exact instant a breeze from the south kicked at my neighbors wind chime.

A crow called

then

silence.

 

 

 

 

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Shannon Laws

Shannon P. Laws, born in Seattle, Washington, lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Author of three poetry books, "Madrona Grove", "Odd Little Things", and "Fallen" and an audiobook of her select mid-life dating satire poems, "You Love Me, Your Love Me Not". For seven years she produced award-winning community radio programs that promoted the PNW music/art community. Shannon's other interests include operating her voice-over company, Chickadee Productions, and Poetry Club. Since 2015 Poetry Club is dedicated to the neighborhood discussion and sharing of poetry.

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