Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Sameness Funk

Dirty old snow? 
Dreary slate-colored skies?
Not just a weather funk?

I don't know


every single day

My Alarm goes off. 

Every single same morning.


DA DA DA Da Da Da da da da, 
DA DA DA, Da Da Da, da da da
DA DA DA Da Da Da da da da

OVER and Over and over.



load the laundry. 
clean the kitchen. 
change the laundry. 
unload the dishes. 
fix the dinner. 
load the dishwasher, 
clean the kitchen, 
fold the laundry.

OVER and Over and over.



Flip on the TV, 
just to hear a contrast.

OVER and Over and over.



day in. day out.
everything's the same.
seems the same. 

It's killing me.


Samantha Brinn Merel said...

I feel that way too, since this frigid weather is just dragging on, and it just keeps on snowing. Here's hoping spring is on the horizon!

Gina said...

Yeah! You get what we do just a day or two later. Man, I am so tired of this. Today, ice stalactites are falling from the eaves of my house. A little scary but, for now it seems the weather has broken. It's certainly broken my spirits.

Gina said...

Thanks for noticing, Jo-Anne. I'm feeling edgy (and sideways)! It's more a feeling inside of me that I, maybe, haven't been feeling lately and it's certainly cyclical. That is one of the best compliments, too, that you feel the "real" and the "feelings".

As the Romans Do said...

Well, you captured my feelings! Today's "heat wave" helped a lot, but hopefully we both survive the rest of winter...we deserve a good summer after this mess.

Gina said...

Well, you know exactly what this has felt like being a Chicagoan yourself. It STINKS! Now it will be a sloppy mess while it melts. But I'd rather have the bright sunshine any day!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, Gina. Every line echoed what I have been feeling lately - great use of the prompt.

Kir said...

Winter is my least favorite season any year, but this year..in the middle of loss and grief, it's so much worse. The routine is never fun for me, I crave sunshine and outside and NOT WEARING a coat.

I feel like I'm imprisoned in more ways than just a mild case of cabin fever.

but as always, you drew a beautiful description of the kind of funk with your words. Nice job, Gina.
miss you!

Anonymous said...

I love winter, I love the cold, I love snow... but this year it's been LONG. At least you're able to do laundry b/c we've had to go weeks w/out a damn line of cold water due to the subzero temps. tomorrow it will be 50. Spring is coming. hang in there. xo

Jack said...

I can't imagine living in that day in and day out.

Gina said...

Thank you so much!!! I think many of us are feeling this way. Maybe not always about the weather, but life, too. I don't know, but monotony just kills me and drives me bonkers.

Gina said...

Generally, I like winter too. I love snow and crisp weather and fires with chili and sweats. But, as you know, this one?!?!?!

Oh no, about your frozen pipe!!! So many around here have experienced such damage! Hope yours get repaired soon. But....AHHHHHHH spring-like tomorrow. I didn't even wear a jacket today at 42. Felt like April. So tomorrow will feel like July! XO to you, too, Christina!

Gina said...

Of course, you can't. But there are some benefits and it is often incredibly beautiful!

Gina said...

Definitely my least favorite, but I agree that this year is exceptionally crappy. And for you, in particular, with all you've been through? It's a pile on!!!

I don't do well mentally with extreme sameness. Makes me crazy. Today, the temp was 42 and I didn't wear a coat. It was perfectly fresh feeling!

Yeah, I get you on the imprisonment. It's a struggle mentally.

I appreciate all your kind words. ALWAYS!!!! And I always miss you!

Unknown said...

Completely relatable poem. Enjoyed the read, thanks.

Gina said...

Thanks, Grace!

kymm said...

Hahaha Sounds like you have an acute case of February, Gina!!! You are not alone.

Kenya G. Johnson said...

I can only imagine what that must feel like where you are. We had "don't go anywhere" snow for two days and I was done. The good thing about being a reader though is that you kinda get to "go somewhere".

steph said...

My sister lives in Chicago. She's no doubt feeling this way. We've been both lucky and unlucky in CA this year. It's been warm and beautiful, but very little rain, depleting potable water. Not exactly a good trade off. Wishing you a warmer March!

Trifecta said...

Great writing here Gina. The flow, the repetition, the final arrival to the ending. Brilliant stuff. Thanks for linking up!

Chyina said...

Nicely done. The structure in this is great. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh Gina, you captured the drain of monotonous repetition, in words that were anything but monotonous even through their repetition. Like so many others, I could easily relate to this. Loved the way you presented it visually too.

Gina said...

Indeed! Yes, I know a lot of people who feel this way.

Gina said...

Yes, it's true! I've probably read more.

Gina said...

Yes, you have the drought! I don't mind but rather like the seasons we have. This particular winter was/is for the birds though!

Gina said...

Thank you!

Gina said...

I appreciate your comment, Chyina! Thanks!

Gina said...

What's funny is that I was looking for more to do (or do with this piece) so I started playing around. I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you.

Ally said...

Another great read Gina :)

Your writing is clever, tight, original and poetic,

But most importantly, always fun to read

Ally :)