How to Write a Poem

Start with a line
A series of words
that were never meant
to meet each other
watch them mingle
and laugh politely
at one another’s jokes
while pouring drinks
and taking each other’s
watch them go to the
movies after a dinner
and take strolls at
watch them get comfy
and hug and kiss
and talk about their
deepest secrets
watch them become busy
and miss plans they had
made and forget special
watch them accuse one
another and yell and
throw shattering objects
across the room
watch them go in
opposite directions and
not looking back, but
holding back
watch them solitary
separate and sad

then take those
words and pair them
with another that they
had never dreamt of


Put down your pen.
Look at your paper.
What is that?

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