National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 15: Things I do

My Day 15 poem is my response to the prompt: ‘think about a small habit you picked up from one of your parents, and then to write a piece that explores an early memory of your parent engaged in that habit, before shifting into writing about yourself engaging in the same habit.’ 

Enough time has passed
that the small habits and little rituals
I once might have observed
have slipped from memory

A certain way of stirring instant coffee
or munching on a carrot
or trimming a fingernail

I don’t recognize any of these
in the things I do
(and I don’t like carrots)

Larger traits are what I recognize
in how I conduct my life

It is possible
I have absorbed things
without realizing it
to the extent that the habits I practice
I view as my own
and mine alone

That said, when I take my car
to get gas tomorrow
I must remember to bring a pen
so I can record my mileage

(15 April 2021)




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1 Comment

  1. It’s true there are so many habits that we end up picking up from our parents that we tend to forget. You managed to bring it out well through your poem.

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