within my bewildered brain
disorderly children play badminton
hitting asides, sometimes missing
while the shuttlecock veers off, ricochets wildly
irritating tired grey matter
with the tickling brush of feathers
increasing uncertainty
confusing the issue as I try to decide

the plastic-coated head briefly
adheres to a tenuous thought
my fingers nip, reach for a decision
but it slips away, zigzagging
to distant corners of my cortex
pinging up different aspects of my quandary
and I wish those wayward children
would give it a rest

©Jane Paterson Basil

Written for Writing 101: Day 3. One word prompt: UNCERTAINTY


25 thoughts on “Uncertainty

      1. Isn’t that the great thing about using prompts! Did you take the Iowa How Writers Write Poetry MOOC earlier this year? Generative distraction I think one of the lecturers termed the process of using prompts, fragments or other confining starters for creating poetry or writing. Hopefully I remember that right! 🙂

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  1. I will never look at a game of badminton in the same way! Very thought provoking and now I have the craziest images zipping round in my head like a shuttlecock thanks to your very creative piece of poetry, meant in a complimentary way! Thank you.

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