Seven Steps to Writing a Poem


Seven Steps to Writing a Poem

Wait one hour after the sun sets.

Light two candles, left and right.

If your three muses are hanging around
send them home. They’ve done their job,
now they’re just a distraction.

Four mood, put on some music—
instrumental, no lyrics,
at least not in any tongue
you recognize.

Pour yourself a nice glass
of five wine, preferably red.
Contemplate each flame
reflected and refracted.

Think about six,
pour another glass.

Seven— Get to work.


(Inspired by / stolen from Dorianne Laux‘s Ten Tips for Poets: A Prose Poem from The Practicing Poet— Writing Beyond the Basics edited by Diane Lockward.)

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14 Responses to Seven Steps to Writing a Poem

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    Lol i will give that a go

  2. Lisa Tomey says:

    8 – push ups from the rug
    Fun poem!

  3. A wonderful recipe!!

  4. Trouble is, I’d get stuck on choosing the music. And then I dance (badly) to any music….

  5. -Eugenia says:

    I love this! I pouring that glass of red wine right now.

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