How to fail to write a poem

Sit in the shade of a flowering tree
While wisps of cloud like puppies chase their tails.

Watch the ribcage of a dog
Fall into rhythm with the swaying grass.

Study the violent dancing of a tree, the moment after
An unseen squirrel leaps from its boughs.

Imagine names for numbers of the shades
Of green that fill the layers of the wood.

Overhear the whispers of the afternoon
To its lover going back to sleep.

Hold your pen at equipoise
Between the silence and a conversation:

Await the inspiration of somnolence. Bask
In the bright doldrums of the day.

Repeat as necessary.

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