napowrimo poem 3: a charm for time travel

prompt: write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme


    a charm for time travel

one sharp tooth’s bite
two breaths of nirvana
three moments after the fright
four flora, five fauna

six hush hush nows
seven roses, declawed
eight pinches of desperate vows
nine wishbones, gnawed

ten recently banished fears
eleven slivers of coming joy
twelve minutes that feel like years
no artifice, no ploy

place all this upon your tongue
and close up your perfect lips
when you swallow, you’ll be young
time is a found record that skips