NaPoWriMo PROMPT: Our own prompt for today should be a little simpler. (As always, the prompts are optional). Once upon a time, poetry was regularly used in advertisements, most notably the Burma-Shave ads:
Said Farmer Brown
Who’s bald on top
“Wish I could
Rotate the crop”
Okay, so the cutsie rhyming turned out to be a disaster. Instead, I chose to think of a TV commercial advising you to dash to the doctor for X, Y, or Z medication as my inspiration.
ONCE A YEAR OFFER:
If you have symptoms of depression,
if you shout obscenities at the flat screen,
if you know something is missing in your life
and you sneeze in spring,
here is the secret cure, offered only
once a year, so reach out, dare
to click off the remote, open wide
your eyes, and read a poetry book.
Poetry may soothe your nerves,
improve sleep patterns, increase
energy. Not recommended by all
doctors. May cause addiction,
may open new friendships,
may take you across the border
to a place you don’t know.
Check with your librarian before
a random selection.