The challenge here was to write a "ramble poem" that is to say, a poem where you just start writing without any kind of plan where you’ll end up. Think "stream of consciousness" in poem form...
My wife and baby snuggle as I
stare at the computer
I woke with dreams of work rebellion
Feeling betrayed and alone I
have retreated to the safety
Digital friends I may never meet
While my wife lays an arm’s reach away
I should wake her
tell her how I feel
Tell her how much she keeps me alive
Without her I would have no poetry in my heart
Even when everything things gathers around
me, dragging me down, she is there
I am there for her, but more clumsy
saying the wrong things with good intentions
Promising to ’work on it.’
How much longer will she allow
me to ’work on it’?
When is the deadline?
She slumbers here beside me
I am blessed
-Justin M. Howe