Sunday, November 13, 2016

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

For today’s prompt, write a poem about something that happens regularly. Could be something that happens daily, weekly, monthly, every full moon. Whatever the rotation, it happens–like writing poems each day of November.


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Here’s my attempt at a Regular Occurrence poem:

“Brushing My Teeth”

I believe I’m supposed to recite the alphabet
in my head as I brush, but I usually think about
the day ahead or the one that just concluded

instead or the amount of toothpaste still left
in the tube that disappears little by little each
day like the remaining moments of my life,

which could make me melancholy, I suppose,
but those quiet moments alone brushing and
thinking and planning and doubting are

the moments I feel the most human and
they are the moments I feel the most alive
and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.


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He does think a little too much when he brushes his teeth. Also, fun fact: He uses a child-sized toothbrush.

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