How to Mend a Broken Heart
Pop a really big bowl of popcorn.
Don’t think of calories.
Just ignore the old maids in the bottom—
this is not a fortune-telling experience.
Lots of butter.
If none is to be found,
there is likely a 7-11 within driving distance
no matter where you happen to be.
Get the biggest bar.
A bite of popcorn, then a bite of chocolate.
Locate an old Ma and Pa Kettle movie somewhere online and watch it.
Ma Kettle is you in ten years if your love affair had worked out.
Pa Kettle is who your lover would have turned into.
Find an old Sophia Loren movie online and watch it.
Sophia Loren is who you are now.
Don’t worry about the popcorn.
Sophia Loren wouldn’t.
Imagine Paul Newman eating popcorn
off your bare back.
Flash on making love to Pa Kettle.
Quickly flash back to Paul Newman
now eating popcorn off your bare clavicle.
Imagine your ex in a movie theater
watching Paul Newman make love to you
up there on the big screen.
Don’t worry about who your ex is with.
Well, maybe just one little peek.
The prompt from NaPoWriMo was to write a “How To” poem. I appealed for more of a prompt from forgottenman, who suggested, “How to Mend a Broken Heart.” That happens to be something I am an expert at, so this is what transpired.