NaPoWriMo : Day 10 (Junk Drawer Mind)


Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: It’s called “Junk Drawer Song,” and comes to us from the poet Hoa Nguyen. First, find a song with which you are familiar…Next, rifle through the objects in your junk drawer…write a poem that weaves together your ideas

I just used the junk drawer idea as my prompt today.

Junk Drawer Mind

Rifle through my junk drawer mind
Push away memories dropped inside
Until Jeopardy demands an answer

Yet It takes a moment to decide 
That seven times four is twenty-eight
Though I know seven times six is forty-two
Still, I try to memorize up to twelve times twelve
And it always feels like something new

Sorry I don’t remember your name
Give me time and let me push aside
The Best Picture winner in 2004
The name of the hitchhiker I gave a ride
(I can also say the alphabet backwards)

I forgot to pay that bill again
Can’t forget the lyrics to that song
They come back to me at the oddest times
And I still spell defanitely wrong

I wonder. . . if I could just dump it out
My junk drawer mind
Would I still remember that one time
Our lives aligned?

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I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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