National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #22 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 22 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: a poem that reads like a recipe, but has nothing to do with cooking or baking.

Thicker substances
hang together in water

Gather
mix
let congeal
and then pour
into the tub

Watch the strands
pull apart from the ends
but not break
instead stretching
and stringing
letting varying amounts of light
pass through

but never dissolving

Take a photograph
put it in a frame
hang it on a wall
call it art
and invite
controversy in the media
for exactly 2.19226 news cycles

Wait thirty years
until the controversy
is only historical context
then publish a retrospective
allow sufficient time
for critical re-evaluation to solidify

Let the next generation wonder
what all the fuss was about

(21 April 2019—posted April 22nd)


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