NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 22

2 min readApr 22


Today’s prompt is to make a new poem out of an old Emily Dickinson poem. I chose “A Bird, came down the Walk.”

A Drunk Lurched Down the Sidewalk
by ARHuelsenbeck

A drunk lurched down the sidewalk.
He didn't know I was watching him.
He chewed a discarded hot dog,
then he drank the dregs of a half-empty Mountain Dew can.
He hopped a fence
as a VW Beetle jumped the curb.
His beady eyes appeared
spying hastily all around.
I offered him a hand,
but he spread his arms and flew away.

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.

Originally published at on April 22, 2023.




Former elementary general music teacher. Wife, and mother of five. Blogging about the arts and the creative process at