NaPoWriMo Day 22- School mornings

In honour of today’s being the 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2022, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, an image, or any combination of things.

My poem- School mornings

One eye squeezed like a lemon
the other forced open
Stretch for the phone
and switch it on- 
it's still 5:21 
Still nine minutes more
Close those droopy eyelids
and glide into dreamland again 
5 :26 wake up with a jerk, 
Four minutes more
Close the eyes like before

Turn the heater on
And iron the uniform
Draw the curtain
Unroll the yoga mat
Sit in sukhasana*
Morning meditation
First, the day's astrological prediction
Then, Facebook and instagram notifications
Crap! 6:10, close eyes, breathe
Focus on Juliana's voice
'I am worthy, I am powerful
I am grateful for all that I am' 
6:25 a.m. stand up, join hands

in prayer - pranaam asana,
stretch arms up - hasta uthan asana
bend down to touch toes- padha hastha asana 
Equestrian pose - ashwa sanchalan asana
Mountain pose - parvata asana
Touch knee, chest, forehead to the floor in 
ashtanga namaskar. 
Now lift head in cobra pose, 
lift chest with head in upward dog. 
Mountain pose, equestrian pose, 
touch toes, stretch arm, 
join hands in prayer- one cycle complete

7.15 a.m. turn on the flame
place the griddle,
Now take a ladle 
and pour the batter in the centre, 
Spread it in a circle
drizzle some oil and let it sizzle
then flip it over and shout
'Breakfast's ready'
Pour another ladle
'Breakfast's on the table'
Then pour another and another.

Yell, 'Have your breakfast
It's getting cold!
It's not right
making food wait
God will be angry
You better hurry!'
7:35 Lunch box packed, kiss angel
smile, say,
'Have a good day.'
Wave goodbye
Another school morning run

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*The yogic poses mentioned in the poem are provided in the picture alongside for reference.

11 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 22- School mornings”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    I admire the routine you stick to even among the chaos of the school run, you start the day well 🙂


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Lol…I try…it keeps me sane :). Thank you so much, Andrea for taking the time to read and write back. I appreciate it very much. X


  2. Vineetha Brijesh Avatar
    Vineetha Brijesh

    Loved your description about the yoga poses. Even here I say the food is getting cold and it’s not good. I could relate each and every words.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      🙂I’m so happy to hear you could relate to the poem,Vineetha. Thank you for reading and writing back how you feel about the poem.


  3. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Nice poem and everyday happenings when we get up in the mornings and take care of ourselves and the children and the house too. Great.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, dear Kamal. Mornings are totally chaotic but they’re also the best times🙂


      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Yes I completely agree with you Smitha. You are always welcome dear. xxxxxx


  4. Sonia Dogra Avatar

    Haha. This was fun. A morning ritual. Specially the breakfast bit was amusing. It’s ready, on the table and then getting cold!


  5. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Run run run. I hope you schedule naps after They’re out the door. Scratch that. There’s work, right.
    I love the feeling of urgency. The repetition, lovely.
    I smiled at Its not right to let food wait.
    Thanks for sharing. XoXo


  6. Romana Iorga Avatar

    I love morning rituals–and your description of the yoga routine is entrancing.💜🧘🏻‍♀️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, Romana for such a lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed reading the poem 🧡😊

      Liked by 1 person

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