Ode to a Cushion #SOLC18

Preface: Thursday’s #DWHabit prompt, cushion, inspired this ode to cushions. Ironically Thursday was yet another snow day off from school here in the northeast and I’m spending far too much time with cushions. By the way, if you haven’t subscribed to Teach Write’s Daily Writing Project prompt what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more!

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Oh, soft cloud of comfort.

You enabler of substandard behavior —

Slothful, sluggish, shiftless.

Your pleasingly plump presentation might fool some, but not I.

Yes, you distract the eye with your rich brocade facade.

Your delicate stitching and seamless seams.

But your plentiful piping is all a ruse.

When the snow begins to fall yet again,

And the phone call comes to bid me a safe snow day in my humble abode,

You lure me in.

Calling to me to rest just a while.

But it’s never just a while, is it?

“You have books to read and slices to write. Why not do them here?

Let me ease your burden.

Shoveling can wait. Laundry can wait. Dishes can wait.”

Oh, you cogent cushion.


This post is part of the annual month-long Slice of Life writing challenge organized by Two Writing Teachers. Join us! It’s my second year of Slicing in the challenge. (If you want to take a peek at the Padlet of writing ideas I’ve created, I’m happy to share. Click here! It grows every day.)


8 thoughts on “Ode to a Cushion #SOLC18

  1. Ha! I love this personification of this cushion! It does lure you in, away from the pressing responsibilities! You use language so well. I feel like you’re having this conversation directly with the pillow- especially when you say, “but it’s never just a while, is it?” I will be shaking my fist at my cushion as I pass it while cleaning today!

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  2. Christie, I am finding that the lure of writing is comforting while the household duties are on hold just like you. Glad to have a co-conspirator as a writing friend. The alliteration is strong in your poem.


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