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Today’s prompt springs from the form known as the aubade. These are morning poems about dawn and daybreak. Many aubades take the form of lovers’ morning farewells, but . . . today is Monday. So why not try a particularly Mondayish aubade – perhaps you could write it while listening to the Bangles’ iconic Manic Monday? Or maybe you could take in Phillip Larkin’s grim Aubade for inspiration (though it may just make you want to go back to bed). Your Monday aubade could incorporate lovey-dovey aspects, or it could opt to forego them until you’ve had your coffee.

This poem started life as a long, thin, one.  Then I decided a potentially crowded day would be better expressed in longer lines with no punctuation.  Working Mondays are a memory for me now, but it’s still easy to feel overwhelmed by the rest of the stuff.  Choices have to be made …

Aubade – Dawn Chorus

You could get up spring clean dust wipe polish

check voicemail email texts bank balance

tweet post facebook status instagram selfie

watch news hear headlines read straplines

call friends make breakfast feed family

commute negotiate contribute to the team

or …

you could turn over and listen to the dawn chorus.

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