How to Write a Poem

First, write the story that is your life.
Read that story aloud, then, set it aside.

Next, write a different story that is also your life but
make it much shorter, allowing fewer adjectives. No adverbs.

Press the story that is your life into a page
and then press it again into
a paragraph.

Undress that paragraph.
Take it down to bone.

From the marrow of this paragraph, make one sentence.
Set this aside.

Later, much later, read this one sentence
when you have had too much to drink
or when
the moon is spilling out its light
or when
the person you most love has just left
or when
the person you love most has just returned.

Speak that sentence — that noun, that verb —
knowing they are your life.

Say it again. This time
using no words at all.

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