Sonnet 300.3 – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Sonnet 300.3


Just after waking I swiftly vacuum

Before the water boils to rinse the dishes

As I do prior to lifting the broom

To sweep the floors before the day’s wishes.

The same three wishes, six times recited.

Three hopes unattained and untempered by time

That my trio of fears be ignited

And from ritual ashes, my freedom chime.

This dream of liberty is cast from my house

As I step in and out of six pair of shoes

Then button, unbutton and button this blouse.

Thirty-four checks off five hundred to-dos.

Those knowing me best say I’m hard to endure.

I nod twice then repeat to keep us secure.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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