NaPoWriM0: Poem – Teaching – Lauranelle – “Home Pedicure”


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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.” Happy writing!

Thanks to NaPoWriMo for the prompt. For more information please see their website. Today’s form of poetry I will be using is a new form called a Lauranelle which you can find more information on at Shadow Poetry.

Lauranelle
The Lauranelle, created by Laura Lamarca, is a hybrid (variation) of both the Villanelle and the Terzanelle forms. The poem is 22 lines in length opposed to the 19-line length of the aforementioned classical forms. Lines MUST be 10 syllables in length and also MUST be in iambic pentameter.Rhyme scheme is as follows: aba bcb cdc ded efe fbf ggA(1)A(2)

Lines 1 and 2 MUST be repeated at Lines 21 and 22.

Poems can either be formatted in stanzas or as a whole piece without line-spacing.


pedicures
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Easy enough to give yourself a pedicure,

Soak your feet in water and epsom salts,

Buy foot file, file calluses, heels forsure.


Trim your nails straight across, good results.

File toenails with crystal file, perfect shape.

Apply oil, push back cuticles, default.


If you’ve experience, trim cuticles, wait,

With nail polish remover, rid oil on nails,

Use buffer on your nails, makes polish take.


Brush on your nail clear base polish, don’t inhale.

It’ll dry fast, apply a good brand of colour polish.

Let dry, apply a second coat, don’t flail.


Once second coat colour dries, find solace.

Apply another coat if colours see-through.

While it dries, apply a clear top coat of polish


Allow your nails to dry an hour or two,

Soak your feet in water and epsom salts,

Later,  if your calluses return on you.


During the week, apply a new top coat.

Moisturize your feet each night and then, gloat!

Easy enough to give yourself a pedicure.


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