For NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2016 – Day 19 (to prompt)
Stand and breathe in,
The deep breath that fills the lungs
And satisfies your soul.
Sit and breathe out,
Fast and hard until there is no more
And your heart burns.
See everything around you,
Absorb the scene, drink each detail
Until your being is fit to burst.
Caress the wind with your mind,
Remove the whistling moans.
Touch the air,
Taste the subtle burning spice
And feel the slow cooking cornucopia.
Release the pent-up store,
Let the panacea loose
And thrive in the moment.
© Copyright 2016 Robin McShane
The Prompt: “Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing!