For today’s prompt, write an annoyance poem. It could be about a small annoyance (like the power shutting off here for a few hours this morning). Or it could be about an annoyance that is somewhat more significant. Maybe it’s hair that keeps falling in your eyes, a tickle in the back of your throat, or waiting to speak to a real human being when calling into customer service.
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Here’s my attempt at an Annoyance Poem:
“& then the power goes out”
&then the power goes out
which is the perfect time to unplug
& get some laundry done
only i can’t get any laundry done
but i could fix up some toast
only i can’t fix up some toast
so i sit in front of the television
with no way to turn on the television
& think how i could edit a manuscript
if only the printer could print it first
or listen to a vinyl record
except the record player won’t play
before finally i lace up my shoes
& go for a rejuvenating walk
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He always forgets how much he needs electricity until the electricity goes out.
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