For the 2019 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an Instructional Poem.
For today's prompt, write an instructional poem. Your poem could be a set of instructions, or be from the perspective of the teacher or the student. Ironically, there are no instructions for writing an instructional poem (until somebody writes one!).
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Here’s my attempt at an Instructional Poem:
“How to Annoy Someone”
Start with a question--any will do--
and ask a person to answer for you.
No matter their answer or position,
take the view of the opposition.
If, for instance, they say grass is green,
tell them it's not from the grass that you've seen,
and if they agree exceptions can be made,
argue the point you originally said.
Say down is up and up is down
and watch happy people suddenly frown.
If anyone ever grows wise to your game,
serve upon them all portions of blame
by claiming when they point out failures in you,
they're admitting their own failures too.