NaNoWri Poem Writing – Papers, Please

A new NaNoWriMo poem – Papers Please!

Salve! Been a long week here in MD, with more work ahead! Been out of sorts today. Lots of challenges in the room today, some tears and fears all appeared, some out of nowhere. Very frustrating in a variety of ways.

Anywho, here’s another poem – Papers Please! Remember to like and subscribe to the blog for more of this fun stuff. I’ll calculate how many words I’ve been typing poetry wise this weekend and add it to my NaNoWriMo total!

Papers, Please

By Daniel Ottalini

Permission slips and accounting forms
Student data reports and t-shirt designs
Science grades and running records
Journals left and right and center
all accumulate like fresh fallen snow
powdery and shifting
a false show
of achievement and success
and progress drifting
drifting nowhere

A circular current around and around
time’s a wasting
better hurry up
conference cut-outs and self-scorn
of things not done on time
simply make my backpack bulge
heavy now with required papers
and the imaginary sound of someone asking
“Papers, please.”


Author: Daniel Ottalini

Author of the Award-Winning Steam Empire Chronicles Series

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