Feeling Repetitive

Feeling Repetitive

Sit down to write
ignoring dishes

Sit down to write
ignoring laundry

Sit down to write
staring out window

Sit down to write
staring at blank page

Sit down to write
feeling indecisive

Sit down to write
feeling inadequate

Sit down to write
thinking about chores

Sit down to write
thinking about lunch

Sit down to write
get up again
ignoring, staring
feeling, thinking…

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 8 – Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that relies on repetition. It can be repetition of a phrase, or just a word. Need a couple of examples? Try “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe, or Joy Harjo’s “She Had Some Horses”. Poe’s poem creates a relentless, clanging effect through the repetition of the word “bells,” while Harjo’s repeated use of the phrase “she had some horses” and variations thereof gives her poem poem its incantatory effect, while also deepening its central philosophical conceit of what things are the same and what things are different.

Welcome back to NaPoWriMo. It’s Saturday again and there are chores to be done. And it’s early afternoon and I’m getting hungry. I’ll leave you with my little poem.

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