Overdue

By Anne Mikusinski

PROMPT—Ask Me.

All my borrowed books

Have had their dates

Advanced again

Affording me more

Time

To get to know the people who reside

Within

To get lost in their worlds

And familiar with their stories.


All my music

Recorded and requested

Waits

For me to listen and

Relax

In its embrace

To appreciate what it has to offer

And to process the emotions elicited.


All my conversations are more important

Now

The words more carefully

Chosen

And the thoughts expressed sincerely

So to be well understood.


All I have is

Time

On my hands

And too many ways to spend it

Well.

Anne Mikusinski has been making up stories and poems for as long as she can remember and writing them down since she was seven. She loves the power words have to move people, elicit emotions, and sometimes change the world. Mikusinski's influences range from Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost to David Byrne and Nick Cave. She hopes that one day some of her writing will leave as much of an impression on readers as these artists have on her. Mikusinski writes from Poughkeepsie, NY.