i have a list of reoccurring nightmares tucked under my pillow
next to a list of first lines for new poems
i’ve been adding to both every morning before sunrise
i have a list of things to do before i turn thirty —
see Hamilton live, go scuba diving, and find my brother —
and a list of things to see before i die —
a clear night sky, the roots of a rainforest, and a Shakespeare’s gravesite —
i have a list of tequila brands i can’t drink anymore
and a shorter list of red wines i actually like
i have a list of things i should buy at the weekly farmers’ market —
radishes, rainbow kale, and green onions —
and a list of what’s cheaper at the supermarket —
tofu, strawberries, and carrots —
i have a list of chores to do this weekend —
wash the pots, clean the cat box, and sweep the floors —
and another of homework to do this week —
a paper on theory to edit, a blog post to write, an article to read —
i have a list of places its safe to park around campus
with all the spots i won’t get towed
i have a list of things that make me shake,
things my therapist calls triggers —
heavy footsteps, slamming doors, hands where they shouldn’t be —
and i have a list of affirmations from my therapist
in the glove box of my car for the days
i want to write lists of everything
wrong with me


National Poetry Writing Month Day 26 Prompt: Repetition

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