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Day 19 NaPoWriMo - Instructions for the Playground

Today's NaPoWriMo prompt "...cast your mind back to your own childhood and write a poem about something that scared you – or used to scare you – and which still haunts you (if only a little bit) today."


Instructions for the Playground


Up teeter-totter ok.

Down the dog can get you.

Round the merry-go-round you’ll

be sick before the dog disappears.

Top of the slide one of the other kids

will tire of scooching past. Slide down

when the dog’s distracted. Pass by the swings -

same problem as the merry-go-round.

Climb monkey bars till out of reach.

Hang out till the dog leaves.


When another five-year-old girl comes with her dog

(and mom and brother), she’ll join you there

and chat until her mom says it’s time to leave. The girl

thinks you are a good listener, even though

you understood almost nothing

that she said. When you meet in grade one,

you’ll be best friends and she will talk you into

dogs.


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