ASHLEY KELLEY

AN AGE-OLD RIDDLE

 

What should I do with my life, I wonder.

Is the answer anywhere on display?

Tell me before from death I slip under.

 

This question echoes louder than thunder,

Demanding to be heard without delay

What should I do with my life, I wonder.

 

Am I here by some mistake or blunder,

Just to grow elderly and fade away?

Tell me before from death I slip under.

 

Could I save the world from all who plunder,

Maybe I will only led them astray?

What should I do with my life, I wonder.

 

Is my role a taker or a funder,

Or the star of a fancy cabaret?

Tell me before from death I slip under.

 

I don’t want life to feel like I’ve shunned her,

But I am preoccupied with knowing,

What should I do with my life, I wonder,

Tell me before from death I slip under.

 

 

THEIR STORY

 

 Romeo and Juliet,

 

Their hands collided reaching for the same book,

A meet-cute.

A chorus of “you take it”, “no you take it” ensued.

It’s yours, she insisted, she has another copy at home.

Sparks glimmered brilliantly as he gazed at her

They talked all night, the perfume of old pages scenting the air.

The owner grew annoyed, he was trying to close the store.

Luckily, she knew a coffee place around the corner.

 

The Princess Bride,

 

They both had a copy of the same book,

His and Hers.

A chorus of “congratulations”, “best wishes” declared.

I’m yours, he vowed, he can’t wait to get her home.

Camera lights flickered as she hugged him closer.

They danced all night, flutes of champagne being passed around.

The crowd grew thin, they’d had way too much to drink.

Luckily, there would be plenty of leftover cake.

 

Goodnight Moon,

 

It was lucky they had two of the same book,

Twin babies.

A chorus of “it’s a girl!”, “it’s a boy!” announced.

You’re ours, they cooed, and took them to their new home.

Love flared as their family become bigger

They struggled all night, swaddling was harder than it looked.

The babies grew tired, but neither would sleep.

Luckily, their parents knew the perfect bedtime story.

 

 

Ashley Kelley writes: “I currently live in Oklahoma where I work in finance. Although my day is filled with numbers, my one true love remains literature. I am majoring in English at Ashford University and hope to break into the publishing field.”