One Day

One Day

A Poem by Marie Anzalone

How many of you-

are not where you want to be

if death were to arrive, next week;

or not within distance

of the hand you would want,

in yours? How many of you

will leave this world

with a song inside that

was never shared

under some romantic sunset

in the most beautiful place

you can think of?

How many have determined,

I will invite happiness

in another 12 months;

only to remain

with just 11?


If you had one day to tell

everyone important, “I love you,”

before dying tomorrow,

how many phone calls

would you be making today?

How many daisies lost petals

because of phone calls

you were afraid to make?

Whose leaving would make

the biggest love shaped hole

in your universe, and why

have you not asked her, to stay?

Whose voice is at the other side

of the phone call you most want,

to make tonight?


Whose breasts lift you, to heaven?

Whose waist, submerges you

in the earth? Whose power

surges through you, when

your tank is so far on empty

you cannot remember

being full? For whom

should you write the poem

for your beloved to wear,

as an engagement ring,

a commitment

to the greater you?


© 2020 Marie Anzalone

Author's Note

Marie Anzalone
translated from my original written in Spanish

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Added on July 8, 2020
Last Updated on July 8, 2020


Marie Anzalone
Marie Anzalone

Xecaracoj, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Bilingual (English and Spanish) poet, essayist, novelist, and technical writer working in Central America. "A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start argume.. more..