prompt was to use either of these two grammatical devices:
- anaphora: the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses.
- epistrophe: the repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences.
Repetition. Repetition is something repeated. Repetition is the comfort of something reliable: the sun rises and falls, seasons change, birds sing in the morning, the air comes from the space around me into my lungs and back out again. Repetition is rituals, structure. Repetition is stubborn in its repetitions, it holds tightly in its repetitions, it comforts and imposes. Repetition is chronic pain. Repetition is feeding myself every day, several times a day, even if I'm not hungry or don't want to get up. Repetition is song snippets pleading over and over in my head, mimicking the repetition of anxious thoughts repeating over and over in my head, repeating repeating repeating.