NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 25


Today’s prompt is to write a love poem, one that names at least one flower, contains one parenthetical statement, and in which at least some lines break in unusual places.

Venus flytrap
Dear Husband
by ARHuelsenbeck

You are my medical 
miracle. (You almost
died three years ago,
but here you are, with
us still.)

Your ears are unreliable
by themselves, but
technology helps you
hear clearly.

Your eyelids, lined with spiky
lashes, remind me of a 
Venus flytrap. I never 
know when the many 
medications you take will 
snap your eyelids closed.

You rely on your
walker (which you 
sometimes call your
stroller) to get around.

Every so often, I
catch a glimpse of
the impish fellow you
used to be, the one
who made my face ache
with laughing.

Thank you for
hanging on. I
couldn’t bear life without

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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