Stuck, Times Three

Yesterday’s Poetic Asides prompt was to write a poem in which someone or something is stuck somewhere. Well, at least this was one prompt I wasn’t stuck on. I immediately thought of: stuck in the past, stuck in the middle, stuck at a red light, stuck on someone, stuck in a stalemate, stuck on a crossword clue, music stuck in one’s head, a stuck zipper, stuck in a spider’s web, stuck with glue, stuck in a holding pattern… well, you get the idea. And I thought of Billy Pilgrim coming “unstuck in time” (Kurt Vonnegut, in Slaughterhouse Five). For starters:

the record skips
stuck in a groove–
eternal sameness


in the spider’s web
stuck, a milkweed seed
a gnat


stuck in the moment–
waiting for red
to change to green

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