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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78 thoughts on “2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13

  1. ToniBee3

    Sans Dust

    today I meet with
    the emperor of dust;
    hatch a scheme to
    eradicate his empire

    of fine particles
    that unwelcomingly
    float in my air and
    land on my stuff

    so that Vacuum and I
    might live free of mites,
    bunnies, clogs, clumps,
    webs, and achoos,

    especially since
    they pay no rent.
    tomorrow I meet with
    the king of grime

  2. PSC in CT

    Strangers’ Greetings

    She walks this trail often
    in musing introspection,
    quiet contemplation,
    keeping her own company,
    ofttimes encountering others
    (wanderers human and otherwise)
    rambling, scrambling along,
    each on their own separate route:
    some lagging behind,
    others barreling by,
    still others crossing paths
    with (always) a kind word,
    friendly gesture or cordial greeting
    but, in recent days
    those simple kindnesses
    seem ever so much
    rare and precious.

    1. LadyBug5162

      Over and Over and…

      Back and forth
      Up and down
      In and out
      Over and Over
      Faster and faster
      When will it end
      When will it stop
      Never going to stop
      Never ending

  3. shellkaysm

    Life Cycles
    (Byr a Thoddaid Poem)

    There are silver linings amidst
    every day which we exist.
    Calm tends to precede the pull of mayhem
    when the moon returns full.

    Though darkest before each day’s dawn,
    month after month, time moves us on.
    Once we believe we are part of a plan,
    we can follow our hearts.


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