Ignore the pain.
Take 2 deep breathes, one at a time.
Focus on your surroundings.
Note the hue of the curtains.
The light fittings.
The design of the furniture.
Do not look at faces.

Distract the mind.
Talk.
About (almost) anything.
The price of watermelons.
The unseasonable weather.
Why Jackie left Michael.
And who’s to blame for the exchange rate.

Keep busy.
Don’t stop for even a moment.
Wash the windows.
Clean out the fridge.
Sweep the floors.
Balance the budget.
Sort the socks by colours and lengths.

And just wait.

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DAY TWO:   Write a poem inspired by, or in the form of, a recipe! It can be a recipe for something real, like your grandmother’s lemon chiffon cake, or for something imaginary, like a love potion or a spell.

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