It’s Day 1 of National Poetry Writing Month!

Hello, you all! Welcome back to my blog, and I’m so happy you are here. #NaPoWriMo, the worldwide celebration of poetry, has begun.

I’m so happy to be able to share this poem  that I had written in December 2016. It lines up perfectly with the first prompt: “Write poems that provide the reader with instructions on how to do something.”

how to work:

  • put away your sorrows. stack them each by each

in a neat centre of your mind. now the clutter

is swept.

  • plug a tune. let voices shrink. let silence br-

eak. brick then paint a chamber in which you e-

cho. now listen.

  • brim a nib, ink-thick. hold between finger and

thumb. check tip-sharp. poise then wait to


  • find a fresh sheet: touch-light, suede-fit. fill your

veins with paper-light. warm your skin with


  • then the chamber dissolves. there is a garden.

  • walk into the garden where the walls once were. the

sun is singing. the clouds are high. your stack of sorrows

look! now seed the ground.

  • take a pair of shears: sharp and good. give a short snip.

pick the flowers of your thoughts. sprinkle some on the

bright-light sheet, make meet.

  • tap the nib on your dew-new-fleur. watch it run and

bind, run and sew. now the sprig is bedded in the sheet so

now the sweet-breath floats.

  • take your bloom string carefully in palm-offering. tiptoe to

the side. find a mirror. brush your hair. fix to your lips a


  • step and hold the fruit of your love, the flower of

your pain, the craft of your art out to the shining side.


 the gift of life: to yourself.

Artist (and friend!) Mohona Bhadra of Art of Misanthropy had illustrated this poem when I first put it up.

Day 1

The early bird prompt, “Write a poetic self-portrait… a poem in which you portray yourself in the guise of a historical or mythical figure,” also lined up with a poem I wrote only a few weeks ago, so that will be coming up very soon, too.

Thank you for reading!



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