A spot of poetry

As I’ve mentioned, I’m enrolled in a class called Structure of Verse, which requires that I write a poem from a prompt every other week.

This week’s assignment was an aubade, a poem traditionally about two lovers separating at dawn.

This assignment just so happened to coincide with my defeat of the monster cockroach I mentioned to you all in this post. I won’t go into the gory details of the killing, but I assure you it was achieved sustainably through all-natural means. Anyway, the subject matter was just a little too good to pass up, so I give you my take on the aubade.

Six-legged Aubade

At 6:10 AM, it is
finished,
a long night together, just you and me –
the cat fell asleep several hours ago.

I have never been more tired or
more satisfied;
dawn pushes its fingers through the blinds
and I know it’s finally, finally time for rest.

Alas, the room’s a mess:
covers and pillows avalanched across
my faux-Turkish rug, books and
papers thrown from their usual
arrangements on the shelves.

I can only imagine what my
neighbor thinks of
me now – the slamming
on the wall, the bed
rocking, that one time
I screamed,
I admit it.

And yet here is the sun, and I
rise from the disaster we’ve made of my
home, go to the window,
open blinds and glass –
the air is so cool.

Then I toss you out
into the grass because, even though
it took all night, you’re finally
dead, you creepy [CENSORED]
cockroach.

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2 thoughts on “A spot of poetry

  1. Congratulations on your victory over the cockroach! :applauds:

    And it’s a fabulous poem though I’m a bit unnerved by the “romance” insinuated in the killing of the roach (which is fabulously placed to hide the fact that it’s not a romancing until the very end.)

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