Olivia And The Epiphany


Olivia has always lived
in the cottage by the sea,
but there had once been a time
she questioned: should she leave?

After the horrible storm,
then the deaths of her parents,
moving closer to family
was an idea that had merit.

All of the responsibilities
would not on her shoulders, fall;
in town she would have friends
and neighbors on whom to call.

She traveled to the city
for extended periods of time;
after each visit she’d return
to be welcomed by the sublime.

As Olivia pondered it all,
she found no mystery;
just a series of questions
leading to an epiphany.

Her decision to live alone
in the cottage by the sea,
was never really up to her,
it was always meant to be.

P. Wanken

Written for We Write Poems #158: Playing Sherlock (Part 5 in Who is your Protaganist?) For PART ONE, See “Olivia And The Ordinary.” Posted for day 81 in 100 Days of Spring – 2013.


      1. But isn’t that the whole point of the protagonist prompts? to send us to places we wouldn’t normally go, to shake us up? I love your poem, and the idea of a cottage by the sea.


  1. The grass is not always greener on the other side. For Olivia, the ocean was not only not more blue, but there was none at all. Which proves that each of us deep down knows where home is. Olivia has almost a whimsical voice at times (I think the rhyme contributes to that) but it can handle storytelling of both joyous and sorrowful moments.



    1. Oh, I like that: “…there was none at all.” 🙂
      And…thanks for the feedback on the whimsical voice still being able to tell the stories of sorrowful moments. I appreciate that, Nicole.



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