Today is the New York primary, and throughout this election season, I’ve heard voters say of a candidate, “He tells it like it is.” I think, “Hmm… He tells you what you want to hear.”
In the middle of the night, this inspired me.
Can you write a letter to someone, or to a group of people, telling them what they want to hear? Can you give the reader clues that this might not be what you really think? Can you pack the poem with huge contrasts, maybe some synesthesia, a lot of absolute statements?
Can you twist it at the end, let the recipients see your real motives, the way a sharp audience might observe the workings of a magician’s trick? Can you do it kindly?