Poetry is a form of communication–communication between the poet and the reader. But can poetry also be a form of instruction? Possibly. For this week’s poetry prompt, I want you to write a poem with the title of “How to (blank)” where you use the title as the springboard for your poem.
You can insert whatever you wish into that blank and then go in any direction with the actual poem. That is, you don’t have to write out the recipe for a poem called “How to make mama’s lasagna”–instead, you could talk about mama, or lasagna, or something completely different. As with all the Wednesday prompts, feel free to have fun with it and get creative.
Here’s my attempt for the day:
“How to be a good parent”
I spell out the names of my sons
and place them in a hat. I wear
the hat at all times hoping I
will never need to reach inside.