NaPoWriMo Day 21: Love, Hedwig

Prompt: I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing!


It’s been a long, long time
Since I nibbled your fingers
And felt the gentle touch
Of your loving hand

I remember the day I met you
I was a gift
And you treated me as just that
A magical present

Through the thick and thin
You were never alone
You had a companion
And I had one too

My dear Harry, my dear friend
Of course I understood you
Nothing to be surprised, after all
Love doesn’t need a language

I remember it all
Your friends, our friends
The awful Privet Drive
And the beautiful flights

The last thing I remember
Is a ghastly green light
Then I woke up here
Scared and alone

But don’t you worry, Harry
I’m a free owl now
It took me a while to remember
How much fun flying can be

So don’t you worry about me
You have been as much a friend
To me, as I have been to you
But now it’s time to let me go

Stop crying now, Harry
Wipe those tears off your face
Close your eyes
And see me soar

Soar across the sea
Across all lands
And smile now
For your happy owl

And when it’s time
I’ll be here to greet you
To nibble at your ears
And hoot with joy

Smile now, Harry
And gently
Let me go
Love, Hedwig

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How to Brew a Polyjuice Potion: NaPoWriMo Day 19

PromptMany years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing!


In the dark, restricted corner of the library
Find yourself ‘Moste Potente Potions’
Everything you need you will find in there
The most potent potions

Three measures of fluxweed
Two bundles of knotgrass
Stir thrice, clockwise
Wave your wand
Now let it brew

Not yet, it’s far from over
Proceed with four leeches
Two measures of crushed lacewings
Thirty seconds on low heat
Wave your wand
Now let it brew

Three measures of boomslang skin
One crushed bicorn horn
Twenty seconds on high heat
Wave your wand
Now let it brew

One scoop of lacewings
Stir thrice, anti-clockwise
The dark, muddy potion
Bubbling up, slowly

And now, the final ingredient
A piece of the person
You wish to become
Now notice as it takes the color
And taste of his essence

Wave your wand
Now let it brew
For a month, no less

You have what you need
Now drink up lads!
In one hour, however
You will transform back

Make sure the job is done
And in some other’s skin
And should the need arise
You’ll know what to do

In the dark, restricted corner of the library
Find yourself ‘Moste Potente Potions’
Everything you need you will find in there
The most potent potions