Each Christmas it is traditional for my family to watch Judy Garland’s Meet Me in St. Louis. The more times I watch it, the more it and Garland’s dazzling voice pull me in. By now I know the songs by heart and if not all of them, then at least the well-known “Trolley Song.”
The scene of Judy Garland’s character singing on the trolley is what comes into my mind whenever I see one and why today, I feel that I need to ride the trolley, wherever it may be going. Sure, it may take me places I have no idea where I am or why I ended up where I did. But it will also lead me to unexpected and interesting city jewels, waiting for discovery.
As Garland’s character in the movie did not want to leave St. Louis but at the same time possessed a yearning to explore, I have a connection to the trolley and wanting to explore the city because of Garland’s famous song and her character’s adventurous spirit.
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.
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.
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.