Wake up Pick up phone: messages/emails The news (if I dare) Mean to reply later Wordle Worgle Quordle Prayerdle Squarewordwordledle (it’s early) Gummy Drop, because there was that one day I forgot to play and lost my daily reward and I’m on Day 1307 and that’s a big reward to lose Read Turn off alarm Cuddle dogs Get up Go downstairs Feed dogs Wee…and wee…and wee… Let dogs out Yell at dogs to stop barking Harry dogs in Make a brew Feed me Make a brew Read Make a brew Exercise Make a brew Update To Do list Make a brew
I’m doing a Summer Retreat writing workshop this week, run by Gill Lambert. This poem was inspired by an exercise on Day 1.
This is a list poem. List poems are easy to write: just write a list! If you feel like it, throw in a few rhymes and repetitions; and there you have it: a poem.
Or, put another way:
This Is A List Poem
List poems are easy to write Just write a list Throw in a rhyme Throw in a repetition Rhyme, if you’ve time Repeat, to be neat Write a list A short list A long list A mocking-the-form list A normal list Any list And then you’ll have A poem A list poem
If my imagination existed it would be tarmac a prison cell a seventies’ tower block a barren womb a medieval dungeon a zero-hours contract a call centre the inside of my vacuum cleaner the underside of my bed a dirty window a divorce Bleak House obsolete technology Madame Bovary my fashion sense a winter flowerbed a summer drought the Kalahari a summer safari the first day of school a litter tray coffee dark chocolate a ready meal a split fingernail Parliament conceptual art a frozen monitor a factory farm a puppy farm a knacker’s yard Gethsemane the end of the rainbow a cheap ballpoint pen a yawn anywhere that anyone who moves to Hollywood leaves jazz rocket science my purse the last time I drove a car my adult children’s home bedrooms next week a badly-written romance TV movie-acting Easter eggs in January my diet 2022