Day 30: Directions to a Dream Life

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reverse and retrace

the adult experience and curse

cut back the Hawthorns

of Romantic Disappointments then

walk twenty steps north, run

as if the Boogie Man were breathing

hot down your neck

until you pass the Grand Boogle

of Betrayal Weasels, and you’ll reach

the eastern bluff of the Cliff of Poverty

take one of the parachutes there

and pretend to buckle it on – 

(you won’t need it)

a fearsome cloaked figure 

who is really quite kind

will hand you a Certificate

of Complete and Utter Rejection

then directing you to open 

a hidden rusty grate – go in

you are taking the Dark

Stairs of Depression, until

you reach the sea below

you can now take the red boat

and row across the Trials Cove

brace for an attack 

as dolphin-like mammals will seize 

both your oars, so you’ll feel

helplessness, loss and despair

when you cry enough tears

to fill two baskets, the vessel

will reach the other shore

now you have been stripped

of all falsehoods and bare

brand new and clean, here 

is the soul of a six-year-old

but now you know better

join the others ahead, and stir

the hot glowing cauldron

you have brought with you

the last ingredient, a needed spice

the recipe is pure perfection

it is for wild children

to once again dream

the rainbow bright stew steams

as it bubbles, it spills

just slightly over the lip

come here Dreamer – take a sip

Saffron – 30th April 2021

Napowrimo prompt day 30: 

And now for our final (still optional!) prompt. Today’s prompt is based on a prompt written by Jacqueline Saphra, and featured in this group of prompts published back in 2015 by The Poetry Society of the U.K. This prompt challenges you to write a poem in the form of a series of directions describing how a person should get to a particular place. It could be a real place, like your local park, or an imaginary or unreal place, like “the bottom of your heart,” or “where missing socks go.” Fill your poem with sensory details, and make them as wild or intimate as you like.

32 thoughts on “Day 30: Directions to a Dream Life

  1. So that’s how to get to ‘redemption’ ?!?
    It’s a scary road but purifying. Thanks for the directions.
    Congrats 🥳 💃🏼 on the feature today. Yay! Sweet.
    Saffron poetess, you rock! Keep going, I wish you miracles.

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  2. Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:

    Phillippa “Saffron” Sauterel is a Jamaican Swiss poet, now living in Switzerland. Some may remember her memorable performances at poetry reading sessions in Kingston. This poem describes a sad journey – although the stew at the end sounds promising! Enjoy and follow Phillippa’s blog. She has been very busy writing!

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