Poem Quick Start Guide

Relax. You can do this
anywhere, any time
on a bus, in line
in church, in a lurch
alone, in a crowd
or in the clear.

Make a list of things
you see and hear
& from all the sounds
isolate one
give it a name
& write it down.

What do you smell?
Fill in the blank:
smells like _______.

Lick the back
of your hand,
what do you taste?
Give it a name
& write it down.

Keep in mind
you’re making a list,
don’t write
use punctuation
only if you feel the itch.

Reach out
& touch
wood, plastic
paper, glass
a blade of grass
your wife’s sitzfleisch
(it might help
to keep a dictionary
handy – but don’t
get lost in it).

Add a bit of word
picture to your list
not too much
just a pinch
pebbled, smooth
cold, humid
sweat –
that’s enough
for now.

Then answer
the only questions
you know
about one of the things
you just named:
what does it look like?
what sounds is it making?
what does it feel like?
what does your mouth
do when you taste it?
& does its odor cause you
to shrink or come closer?


  1. Babs Curia says:

    thanks, I like this, I’ll try it out and get back to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dan Hen says:

    Yeah , okay , but you’re not the boss of me !


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Relax, Boss Man.

      “I’m gonna get me a boss man
      One who’s gonna treat me right
      I work hard in the day time
      Rest easy at night
      Big boss man, can’t you hear me when I call?
      Can’t you hear me when I call?”


  3. The doors of perception….opening before the first word.


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Follow the arrow on the floor.


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