Instead of Tanka Tuesdays for the month of October, I will be participating in OctPoWriMo 2013…So enjoy!
Writing Prompt: Imagine yourself in the midst of an Autumnal setting. Using prose, describe what is all around you; what you see, hear, feel, smell, touch. Tell us about the glory of the season. It need not rhyme of course, just put yourself in the setting and through your imagery, take us there too.
I close my eyes and try to envision peace, whatever that may be. A cool breeze. Crunching leaves. A pumpkin spice latte. Sweater weather. Instead, I am plagued by the nausea in my stomach and the ache in my head. A friend jokingly suggested I may be suffering from morning sickness, as it seems to be going around work. Unless I am the latest victim of immaculate conception, my discomfort is caused by something far less glorious than the creation of life: I am the daily inn keeper for a zoo of adolescent gremlins. They are a breeding ground of illnesses I haven’t even heard of, and despite my recent attempt to gain healthiness by starting a vitamin routine– otherwise known as taking the cheapest once a day gummy vitamin for adults I could find– I am falling ill. The gremlins have won. My stomach is plagued by an inexplicable, unrelenting turbulence, and my head is submerged under an unidentifiable sea of germs. The school year has begun, and, despite my educational background, not even textbooks could prepare me for the Autumnal illnesses of being a first year teacher. This is my newfound glory.