Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem that incorporates a call and response. My poem is more an encounter between me and my inner critic…
When I woke up this morning
What time did you get up?
my first thought was what I had to do
What did you do?
I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep
Don’t you have something to do?
but the moment had passed
I checked for word of an answer to my question
Haven’t you asked enough questions already?
no reply had yet arrived
What are you waiting for?
I poured myself that first cup of coffee
You’re going to have to get started sometime
and thought about the day
Morning passed into afternoon
You mean you haven’t started yet?
I finally sat down to write
Don’t you have anything better to do?
before the opportunity passed
What are you trying to avoid?
while I still had something to say
The argument is fresh in my mind
This is all you came up with?
though not a single word was spoken
What’s your excuse this time?
I suppose it’s a good thing I choose not to listen
Why do you waste your time?
because my life is not a sacrifice for someone else’s wishes
(26 April 2016)