NaPoWriMo – Day 19

Each day for the month of April, the Cedar Bark Poets are writing a poem a day in celebration of NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing month. Poems are posted here daily. Let Katheren know if you would like to participate!

“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!”

How To Make A Cup Of Tea

Fill the kettle to the top
Not to full, you must know when to stop
Turn on the stove and then must wait
This is a great time to put biscuits on a plate Place your teapot with teabags in When it boils, you begin to grin Carefully pour the water in the teapot Steep for a while but not a lot Have your favourite cup next to you Fill with some milk, a ritual true Pour the tea inside Add some sugar placed by your side Stir it slowly to mix it together Perfect to enjoy no matter the weather A cup of tea hugs you complete Making this a perfect treat

– Rhiannon

How to Pole Vault Between Mountains

Discover a mountain range
buy an offload vehicle
drive up the seller mountain
ensure its full of deciduous trees
go to the cliff edge to judge the distance and then go find the perfect tree be sure its between 35-45 lbs only, cut it down and chisel the end into a spear lift the tree onto your shoulder hold close to the top, gripped tight, make sure you get up to 20kms running speed will help your flight be positive or give up, or you’ll run short otherwise run to the edge of the cliff point the spear end into a crevice crack allow the tree to bend a 45-55 degree curve launch yourself when you reach 15 feet let go, smile land on your stomach with your toes flexed

– Jonah

How to build a chair

We all need a place to sit, somewhere into to fit, to rest after a stressful day

rails, styles mortices tenons at play
all into a chair to lay

start with Four strong legs, to stand on

each a curve, bowing slightly outward, we’ll start by preparing a blank find four pieces you can work with to mark out your goals, find the parts that incorporate, or are unencumbered by, defects good grained strong pieces that can take a load

cut away the unneeded material to pare down to the core taking care not to go over the lines, or layout marks ignore sand smooth to polish out or highlight rough spots at the fore

bring it all together by letting into a seat A slab, contoured by hand, worked to fit a setting load on demand turn to bore four holes from slab underside flowing the divergent angles together to beneath cleanly meet done right there should be no need for a cleat you should now have a flat platform, clean and neat

back, again work to attach, fitting into platform tightly so as not to shear or sever spindles set, arched back brings it all together stain a pleasing, uplifting shade, also to protect from foul weather

everyone should build a chair, bring it to the table four pillars, a thing more stable rather then a cheap, badly made, unstable thing that attempts just to badly label.



Teaching new Canadians to drive
When communication can be hard
Bravery and patience is needed
To keep us all alive

Brush up on current driving rules
Stay close to home at first
Practise backing up and parking
Altho ‘speed’ may be their thirst

Headlights and windshield wipers
Show lever for left and right
High beams too are neccesary
In case it’s foggy out at night

Then out on road we gently go
Just around the block
Yes we share the road with ‘semis’
Sometimes they feel shock

‘Stay in the middle of our lane’
Good job..’ohh watch the curb!’
Point while asking for an upcoming turn
Save us all miscommunications burn

Ok,now we are good,driving straight
Next we parralel park
Half a car length.then turn the wheel
Reverse slowly ‘How does it feel?’

30km through park and school zones
‘No..NO don’t answer your phone’
Accidents happen quickly,and
More care needed when close to home.

Sri Lanka,Ethiopia and Afganhistan
They want to drive and soon they can
Proudly displaying ‘N’ on car,mini van
Taking life in hand to help fellow man!!

So breath deep and give your time
If you too,survive these driving lessons
Freedom makes such deep impressions
Forever,Thank You..will end this rhyme

– Kath

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