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Procrastinator's Plight
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Lauren McBride


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"“I’'ve put this off too long,”" I sigh, 
surveying the chaos before me.
With broom and duster in my hand
I can’'t get past the doorway!

One shoe I spy, and my best shirt
where dust bunnies swirl in place.
Pop cans, socks, old magazines -
I’'m starting to clear a space.

I venture a step and hear a crunch, 
look down to find my glasses
lying crushed beneath a broken plate
caked with something like molasses.

The TV sits collecting dust -
remote's been lost for months.
As for walking over to turn it on?
Tried that exactly once:

Got tangled in a towel,
smacked my head against the wall.
Braced myself for impact - 
dirty laundry broke my fall.

Just found the missing car keys,
and a cockroach, thankfully dead.
Almost there, I can see it now.
I’'ve finally found my bed!
 

© by Lauren McBride.
Used with the author’'s permission.

 


Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science, and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for various awards, her work has appeared internationally in speculative and mainstream publications for adults and young adults. She is the author of a poetry collection for teens, Aliens, Magic, and Monsters (Hiraeth, 2023). Lauren lives in Texas and enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing, and knitting scarves for U.S. troops.

 

 


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rhonasheridan:
So I'm not the only one! Great fun! Thank you.
Posted 04/01/2014 12:55 AM
anne.lehman2929@att.net:
Smile...we can relate. Thanks.
Posted 03/31/2014 11:22 AM


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