10 Nov: NovPAD Day 10

AI watercolour rustic porch with chairs and red flowers.

I. Miz Quickly: Life is (indirect definition)  

Ideally

It was her idea of ideal

with a scarlet bougainvillaea
climbing up and over, hanging

here and there like an unhemmed skirt,
and it had to wrap all the way around,

and be wide enough for three over-
sized wicker chairs and footrests,

two for those talking, and one for
the person listening, because you

always need three people for
a proper conversation, she said,

and a table positioned for iced tea
and crustless sandwiches made

from fresh snowy white bread, and

ideally it needs a deep gentle slope
of a roof, so the summer sun doesn’t

make one go squinty and wrinkly.

Ideally, that’s what she wanted, but
her house was ill-suited for a porch.

II. Poetic Asides: Struggle

A List Poem: It’s a Struggle

to put on ones socks
to lean and reach for toes
to cut ones toenails
to paint ones toenails colour
to pull oneself off the floor
to admit one’s shrinking shorter
to sleep through the night
to find a public loo in London
to remove the lid from a jar
to stand-up without groaning
to sit down and not free-fall
that pluck hairs from ones chin
to see dust on the table
to ignore dust on the table
to remember what you forgot
It’s become a struggle…


These poems/prose are draft versions, written in participation of Miz Quickly’s prompts and Writers’ Digest (Poetic Asides) November poem-a-day challenge. The aim: to produce a chapbook for submission. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. Image ©Misky 2022 AI-MJ.

11 responses to “10 Nov: NovPAD Day 10”

  1. I would sit with her on that porch. Oh the dreams we have.

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    1. 🥰 my great grandmother had a porch just like that. It was lovely.

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  2. That second one is me to a T

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    1. It’s ridiculous, and totally not amusing. What’s with this trying to fetch something from under the sofa, and then you can’t get back up again??! If it were a penny, I’d leave it there, but it was an M&M – can’t waste one of those.

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      1. hahahaa, It is ridiculous. But a good sense of humor helps, which you have. Laugh and cry at the same time, I guess.

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  3. “bougainvillaea / climbing up and over, hanging // here and there like an unhemmed skirt,” – great.

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  4. I can check all those boxes in Struggle
    My house isn’t made for a porch either 😢

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  5. I really, really enjoyed these lines (I even read them to my hubby);
    “…two for those talking, and one for
    the person listening, because you

    always need three people for
    a proper conversation, she said,”

    I’ve an enclosed porch… to keep out the biters. We used it as a storage area for when we did some house repairs. Its still in a sad state… but I vow to work on it sometimes. Lovely image.

    As for your second verse. Yes, all those things. Though some I don’t bother with… As for dust… I remember visiting an elder person who was partially blind – If she couldn’t see the dust, it wasn’t there 😉

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Jules. Thank you so much. 🥰

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