Another 30 minute writing challenge

Once again, with help from a friend I engaged in a 30 minute writing challenge. There was no real goal or application in mind, just 30 minutes of uninterrupted writing on an otherwise busy Saturday filled with baking bread, grading papers, working out….all the usual detritus that I DON’T want to do on Saturday because I’d rather be distracting myself from writing by drinking or reading or playing videogames or some other useless thing.

 

At any rate, I decided for no particularly good reason, after I was about 5 minutes into it, that I ought to write in syllabics. So I did. Then I decided I should get to 10 stanzas, so I did. Note that I cheated by repeating the first line and first word of second line in every single stanza. Here it is.

 

A Room, Surrounded.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by switches and flips them
in patterns only his eye
follows.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by spools of finest thread,
and weaves a net to scrape the floor
slowly.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by empty bottles and,
bowls of water with floating
flowers.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by the angry voices
of the betrayed and confused
children.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by picture-hung white walls
with thicknesses of paint too
shallow.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by cherry blossom scent;
a hint of decay in the
fullness.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by the ugly, leering
gaping faces of his friends,
shouting.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by books, pencils, pens
jars of dry ink and dry paint,
stunted.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by cracked and creased papers,
scrawl covered sheets, recipes,
failures.

He is sitting in a room surrounded
by eggs and stones, sticks and
butter, broken bowls, rotting
bedsheets.

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