MAYHEM - Issue Four

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Hella Bauer

Introduction to writing poetry (after Billy Collins)

I ask them to share
the fragrance of the day

or to describe the man
by his socks

I say extract the eyelash
from the face and show me
its wink

I want to find the soul
of the yellow T-Shirt
the moment
in the black curls
bobbing away

All they want to do is
extract and collate
from ‘how to’ guides

They torture rhyme
into empty lines.

Contributor's Note
Hella Bauer reads and writes incessantly. She writes poetry and creative non-fiction to revisit and express the joys and challenges of being alive. For a living she creates web content, manuals and much else.