I hope you’ve been able to try out The Bop challenge. If not, click here to check it out.
For this week’s prompt, write a telling it like it is poem. Many poems play with metaphor and simile, but sometimes poets are better suited just stating the reality and stepping back. Actually, that’s sort of a principle behind haiku. But you can use more than 17 syllables–if needed.
Here’s my attempt:
“Covering the globe”
My fingers touch Georgia and Ohio,
but there’s no space between. In fact, I can’t
see Kentucky or Tennessee at all.
If I stretch, my pointer can reach Paris
while my thumb stays grounded in Atlanta–
the other three digits dangle in space.
Follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer
Learn how to be your own worst critic…
…and your own best editor with James Scott Bell’s Revision & Self-Editing. While this book is geared toward fiction writers, there is a lot that transfers over to poetry as well. As Bell explains, one of the most difficult things is to separate yourself from your writing enough to objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript.