Things that fail to deliver

No matter how much I eat
I don’t feel better

No matter how much I drink
I don’t feel better

still I eat
sometimes I drink

No matter how much I work
I don’t feel better

No matter how much I avoid
I don’t feel better

still I work
sometimes I avoid

No matter how much I complain
I don’t feel better

No matter how positively I think
I don’t feel better

still I complain
sometimes I think positively

Sometimes I write a poem
I don’t feel better
Still

The prompt at napowrimo.net: “Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage in another kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded daily observations, court gossip, poems, aphorisms, and musings, including lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make Your Heart Beat Faster.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!”

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17 thoughts on “Things that fail to deliver

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