30-Day Poetry: 25

Day 25—Write a poem that includes all of the following words: pistachio, ink, pebble, weather, varnish.

The Rain

When my writing’s dark ink dries,
I look in on my sister’s progress with the varnish.
It hasn’t come far, as I imagined it wouldn’t.
The pistachio-colored walls are hindering her
creative process, she says, and
I don’t know if that’s true or not, but
it doesn’t matter because nothing’s getting done anyway.

Rubbing a smooth, lucky pebble in my palm,
I move on toward the door to check the weather—
perhaps she’d be more amicable
to working outside? She wouldn’t mind
the rain.

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Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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