alycewilson (alycewilson) wrote,

LJI Week 19/NaPoWrimo 19: Bathing, Six Weeks into Carrying On

My second National Poetry Writing Month poem for today is also my entry for Week 19 of LJ Idol (therealljidol). The topic for this week was "I can't get calm." I was also following my prompt for Wild Violet for today, to write a poem about sound: NAPOWRIMO 2020 - Prompt 19.


A metal tub, filled to the brim, on a background of rippling water

Bathing, Six Weeks into Carrying On

Beneath the foam I sink, my ears submerged
to embryonic depths. Immersed in dampened
thumps. Redundant drub, the throb that thrums
a cadence, keeping time in measured meter.
Too fast, perhaps, from caffeine's daily nudge --
belying the alleviating heat.
Muscles decompressing, I tune into
pitter-patter drips from the loose faucet,
uneven tempo, no regularity. A pattern
of beat, lilt, bounce and flow. Dribbling
atop the drumbeat of the nervous heart.
To calm the mind, wrest back the tempo. Inhale.
Tags: lj idol, lji, napowrimo, napowrimo2020, plague diaries, poetry

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