For the fourth year, I am participating in the Poem-A-Day Challenge in celebration of National Poetry Month. Along with other Living Poetry members, I use prompts from the Poetic Asides blog for the 30 days. As I promised myself, I am going to share my poetry more by posting the PAD challenge poems to the blog. I hope you enjoy!
Prompt: A new arrival
When Boredom Comes
She slips in under the doorjamb, dragged in
by the last crossed off item on your to-do list.
She loosens her clutches and plops down
to be helpful—rearranging the office supplies
to your liking: shifting the tape dispenser to the left
side then back to the right, placing the stapler
next to it—no, behind it—separating paper clips
from binder clips, sorting and counting each type
by size. You watch her straighten and re-straighten
pictures on the wall, line up chachkies, knick-knacks,
and doodads along the tops of bookcases, make
the books stand erect and alphabetized. She’s given up
dusting, but doesn’t mind a mop and broom or washing
a window or two. But before long, she’s done everything
she can and leaves you alone to finish what she started.
~Pamela L. Taylor © 2013