( My self instructing Poem)
Till I fix a few things alright 
I would need some more time 
to learn unlearn 
the traits of this scheming world 
to be just like you sans a frown 
I will need some more time. 
To get better with myself 
or to love thyself more,
to heal the wounds that still bleed inside 
I need some more time..

To make that first move 
Pausing the mind
Embrace you, freeze the time
Or abandon my desires letting them go 
into the oblivion never to show.
To erase all of those memories 
or keeping fractions of them buried inside 
I would need some more time..

To draw conclusions 
to find my way 
to get a few answers to the questions 
hidden under the hay
to read those sacred text 
those impending books 
to mediate and rapture within
I need some more time..

To pick up my backpack 
and explore alone
to leave my fears
and see the globe.
To buy a house amid the mountains.
For those unadorned desires 
I would need some more time..

But shall I do this tomorrow, not today
I will plan this for another day 
I so want to do this-that-this 
but that too, still can wait 
let me procrastinate for a little while 
What’s the hurry ?
I think I still have some more time..

© Preeti S Manaktala

NaPoWriMo 2019 day 1

For our first (optional) prompt, let’s take our cue from O’Neil’s poem, and write poems that provide the reader with instructions on how to do something. It can be a sort of recipe, like O’Neil’s poem. Or you could try to play on the notorious unreliability of instructional manuals (if you’ve ever tried to put IKEA furniture together, you know what I mean). You could even write a dis-instruction poem, that tells the reader how not to do something. This well-known poem by John Ashbery may provide you with some additional inspiration.

Happy Reading !


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