1) Begin a poem with a question word: who, what, where, when, why, how. Ask a big question about life, and then try to answer it from your own experience.
2) Write a poem instructing the reader how to do something you know how to do. First make a list of all of the things you can do. (hit a tennis ball, change a diaper, identify wildflowers, etc.) Remember that you don’t want it to sound like an instruction manual, but a poem; make it beautiful, make the lesson one that tells someone about how to live in the world.
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