NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge Day 19: “Road Rage”


Hello Reader, please excuse my recent absence. I was unwell for a few days, so I’ve fallen behind on my NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge. However, I intend to catch up so that I have fulfilled a poem for every day this month.

The prompt: “And now for our prompt (optional, as always)! Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.”

Road Rage 1

“How to Avoid Road Rage”

To avoid road rage

you must not drive at ANY stage!

You must not get into your car.

You must not travel near or far.

You must not expect anyone to wait

at a red

or indicate.

Do not curse or toot your horn;

when they flip you off

do not shout with scorn.

To avoid road rage

In sleet or snow

Behind the wheel you must not go.

To avoid road rage

You must stay sane

And travel by

Cab, bus or plane.

 Road Rage Cat 1

© Chattinatti 2016

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