Wear nonsensical heels investigate the suspicion of doubt
spend more time gathering stones date a baker and learn to
taste the difference in flours impress vermilion upon a lip
emulate spiders: touch everything first before engaging
ask to be called Jane collect Janes paint the bathroom black
memorize a Basho poem that is not about leaving call your
mother only when half-drunk have an icon of Teresa of Avila
beside you when you call study walls, what they keep in
eat some animal you’ve never seen draw what that animal
tastes like clean out the deep freeze in the basement
call your mother Elizabeth as if by mistake attend a
Beekeepers of America meeting read a biography about
Amelia Earhart change the cat’s name to Amelia dream of
Icarus pray beneath low ceilings. Maybe then.
Anne M. Doe Overstreet is the author of Delicate Machinery Suspended: Poems. She has facilitated a writing critique group for thirteen years, been a Pushcart Prize nominee twice, and taught poetry workshops at numerous conferences and retreats including at Laity Lodge and Seattle Pacific University. She is an Associate editor at DMQ Review.