Write a Poem About Something That’s Driving You Crazy {Craft Challenge, Day 111}


One of my favorite poems is “Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins.

If you don’t know it, I’ll share a little here, but click the link and read the whole thing:

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.
 

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

I love it because it’s funny, and true and because I have totally had this experience, though maybe not with Beethoven.

So I thought it might be fun, as a way to get into writing poetry, to write a poem about something annoying. Write a funny poem about something that's driving you crazy.

What’s driving you nuts today? What has been nagging at you, irritating you, keeping you from being able to focus like a dog barking outside your window?

For me, it’s my ridiculously messy office.

If you’ve been here long you know all about my messy office and my multiple attempts to clean it up, only to get busy and cluttered and awful again. messy office poem

I hope I can make time to work on it again soon, but for now it’s excellent poem fodder.

Here’s what I came up with:

The mess

in my office

is like working

in the wake

of a toddler

left alone all day

to play indoors.

Papers are stacked

upon books

upon yarn

upon yesterday’s lunch napkin

upon outgrown clothes

upon paper scraps

upon fabric

upon uncashed checks

upon my soul,

weighed down by so much.

And yet I must work

create

move on

even through the piles.

I don’t know if it will help me to have expressed my frustrations in words, but it at least temporarily made me feel better. All that mess is art now! (Ha.)

If you try this challenge I’d love to know what you wrote about, or feel free to share your poem in the comments.

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