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For today's prompt, take the phrase "This Is What (Blank) Looks Like," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might be: "This Is What Awesome Looks Like," "This Is What a Poem Looks Like," or "This Is What Love Looks Like."

Here's my attempt:

"This Is What Settled Looks Like"

Wedged in the cushions of your couch watching "The Office"
and telling me how you could never work in one at your age
(mid-30's), how your chance to go to college has passed--
and besides, you've never been one to play by the rules,
though in the old days (when America was great, you say)
people could expect to show up for work and be able to get
whatever they wanted without any hassle, but yeah, if any
guy wants to make it now, he has to go to college or kiss up
and you say you're not one for that. No, believe me, I know
just by watching you burn through another pack of cigarettes,
crack open another beer, and man the remote control, I know
that you're not the kind to do anything but bitch and whine
about your rotten luck and settle deeper into your recliner
as America buzzes along outside your shuttered windows.

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