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For today’s prompt, write a follow poem. In middle school, I remember running for student council and my campaign manager said something to the effect of, “Vote for Robby, because he’s a follower, not a leader.” First thing, yes, they called me Robby in middle school. Second thing, yes, I did not get elected. Third thing, yes, this story is completely personal and pointless. Don’t follow my example.
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Here’s my attempt at a Follow poem:
“Follow the Leader”
He talked the loudest and knew how
to snap his fingers, so of course
he was their leader, and they would
follow him everywhere, which was
usually nowhere, but it
didn’t matter: He said, “C’mere,”
and they’d come. He’d say, “Jump,” and they’d
ask, “How high?” Which was their downfall,
because when he stomped to the top
of the highest building in town
and tried to see if he could fly
all the others tumbled after.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.
He believes in following your dreams, following your gut, and following one good line with another. And, then there’s Twitter. Speaking of which…
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.