2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

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Today's prompt comes from Maxie Steer.

Here's Maxie's prompt: Take the phrase "How to (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

Robert's attempt at a How-to Poem:

"How to Woo"

Confess the world returned upon first sight,
but more than that, you swallowed the universe whole,
and now, your dreams, once an endless summer

of soap opera re-runs, are prime time HBO,
or in other words, food has flavor again, flowers
beckon, and the moon is a long lost friend, so that

these words that crash against the shores of your heart
can't be placated with anything less than a kiss,
a touch, a dance in the fields of chance.

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