Today, the challenge is to write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane. 

Poem: List of mundane, yet not so mundane


The grocery list- never seems to be clear, there’s always one on the list

The clothes and toys- my kids have outgrown this

The fuel in the car- it’s always low when I’m in a hurry

The medicine in the box- expired when I badly need

Surprise visit by friends – the day I’ve to manage a lot of other things

The traffic jam- when I’m already late for office

Essential ingredients finish- when cuisine about to be grilled

New clothes that do not fit- just the tee I didn’t try, thinking it looks a perfect fit

A much-awaited celebration- on just that day I suffer from infection

Kid sick at school- the day I’m out of city

A visit from in-laws- when day planned to minute at office

Hubby comes home early- the day I go for my shopping

Emotional call from an old friend- just when a call scheduled with client’s office

Printer ink/ paper exhausted- when important document needs printing

Another critical task assigned by boss- when other deadlines approaching

The most challenging NaPoWriMo prompt- the day I struggle to find time to pen verses


©Vandana Bhasin