#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Twenty-One

Partial View of My Window

Outside My Window

I watch the world pass by outside my window
Outside my window cars drive by with purpose
Outside my window people have places to go
Outside places to go while I stay home all day
Home all day doing laundry, mopping floors
Home all day cooking meals, washing dishes
Home all day scrubbing toilets, watching TV
Home all day reading books, passing the time
Home all day imagining life outside my window

NaPoWriMo PromptAnd now for our (optional) prompt. Have you ever heard or read the nursery rhyme, “There was a man of double deed?” It’s quite creepy! A lot of its effectiveness can be traced back to how, after the first couplet, the lines all begin with the same two phrases (either “When the . . .” or “Twas like,”). The way that these phrases resolve gets more and more bizarre over the course of the poem, giving it a headlong, inevitable feeling.

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that, like this one, uses lines that have a repetitive set-up. 

Good afternoon and welcome to day twenty one of #NaPoWriMo where maybe being stuck inside for the better part of a year is starting to wear on me. Sunday I get my 2nd vaccine shot and I’m hoping the world can return to normal sooner rather than later. Not that I get out a lot in normal circumstances, I do watch the world outside my window more often than not but I’ve never been cooped up this long nor have we had such a decline of people visiting us. A little interaction with the outside world would be nice. Just be advised despite what the poem says, little housework is accomplished in April so it would be best to wait until May to pop in for a visit.

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