Some months ago I watched a student I was mentoring use the first verse of this poem with a class at school to build up a writing project they were working on. I was inspired by his original approach to a tired old subject, he injected a wonder into instructions. Tomorrow I am going to try it out on my class and see if they are up to the challenge.
In the meantime, enjoy a lovely film accompaniment to a superb poem read by the author.
Neil Gaiman, Instructions: with sound track: Nick Drake, Pink Moon. Uploaded by Boink Boink.