Thank you to the judges at the 2021 Solano County Fair for awarding this poem 2nd place. It appears in the book This Festival of Dreams.
Ingredients Steal barrels of comfortable solitude. Ignite the freedom to wander this planet. Sprinkle in joyous moments of comradeship. Stir in boundless curiosity. Eat the stars. Passionately hug a redwood tree. Ingest books. Drink only the finest articles. Breathe in music. Dress thyself lyrically. Dance yourself into ecstatic oblivion. Have staring contests with flowers. Follow thy muse across the universe. Stay up until the orange flame of dawn. Try to nap, suckling on clouds. Listen. Explode inexperience with joyous abandon. Thy muse shall whisper and scream between cracks of light at midnight if only you provide the space to breathe as you ride this whirligig of existence. You must only transcribe the symphony that tap dances upon the winds of time.