It’s day 11 (actually it’s day 12, but I’m a slacker and have fallen behind) of the 30 Day Poetry Challenge, and guess what? When they said it would be a “challenge,” turns out they meant that it would be challenging.
Originally I intended not to spend any more than 5 to 10 minutes on these posts, but as they have progressively grown more challenging, I have been inclined to rise to the challenge. Which looks like me putting my forehead in my hand and grinding my teeth whilst I attempt to be clever and creative and Grand Canyon deep. I’m not sure if I have succeeded, but I am loving these prompts and I wanted to share today’s with you.
Happy Saturday/Sunday, friends!
Day 11 – Write a list poem.
Tips and suggestions for the handling and dispensing of virtues and other savories
Store kindness and mercy in reliable tupperware (nothing worse than stale charity)
Prepare and deliver intentions on the same day (possibly doesn’t age well)
Place humor at eye level and within arm’s reach (perspectives will clarify or conceal)
Poke theories and assumptions with a sharp truth (might still be gooey in the center)
Launder patience and keep folded in the linen closet (this will behoove you when unexpected guests arrive)
Begin each day with a bowl gratitude (otherwise you will forget to eat it)
Measure responsibilities for each day only (tomorrow is finicky and fickle)
If not on your person, peace should be kept somewhere safe and secret (I assure you this is for everyone’s benefit)
Rinse, rinse, rinse (rinsing is key to avoiding moods and attitudes gone bad)
Only serve opinions when the harvest is ripe (when in doubt, give it one more day)
Wisdom will keep for ages (but if you don’t share it then people will be none the wiser)
Wait twenty minutes before serving hurt feelings (additionally, running emotions beneath cool water reduces the risk of future cuts)
Look at all insights beneath a magnifying glass (this helps determine if they’re genuine or fake)
Be certain to monitor good deeds (they can spoil)
Generosity is like a tree: give it lots of water and plenty of sunshine and it will produce the sweetest fruit
Grace (give it prodigiously, and don’t be embarrassed to take some for yourself)