Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DMC: "Instructions to Nail Clippers" by Donna JT Smith


Be shiny and sharp,
Be quick,
But not on it.
Be smallish to
Carry around in
a pocket.
Hang around feet,
Hang around hands,
Where toesies and fingers
Have trimming demands.
Make a snippy-ish sound,
Remain cool under pressure.
Cut pointy, or round,
Then file for good measure.
And when you are done,
Slip back in the deep
Of pocket or purse,
For that’s where you’ll sleep
Until the next need
To clip and make neat
An ugly hangnail
Or unpedicured feet.

© 2019 Donna JT Smith. All rights reserved.

Elizabeth Steinglass has challenged us to write a poem giving instructions to an inanimate object about how to do its job. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our May 2019 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 31st, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her fantastic debut poetry collection from WordSong:


  1. How clever you are, Donna! This is such a fun little ditty. :D

  2. What fun, Donna, I love the lines about hanging around!

  3. I always tell kids you can write a poem about anything and I believe you have proved it!

  4. This is so cute! I love it!! :-)

  5. This is very cute. I especially like "Make a snippy-ish sound."

  6. So clever, Donna. Thanks for the laugh: "remain cool under pressure."