For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. I like to think of this as the “Robin prompt” from the old Adam West Batman shows, because Robin would always make exclamations that began with “Holy,” including “Holy Barracuda,” “Holy Happenstance,” “Holy Rats in a Trap,” “Holy Homicide.”
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Here’s my attempt at a “Holy (blank)” poem:
“Holy Poetry Prompt”
Some come easier than others, and then,
there’s still the poem to write. Holy get
started! There is that moment when the mind
searches itself for an idea or some
hot potato memory that bounces
in and out of focus. Holy lack of
tunnel vision! There are times I want to
capture the entire world and every deep
emotion I’ve ever had. But holy
abstraction! I don’t know how, don’t know how.
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 loves older television shows (and movies), especially ones that don’t take themselves too seriously. Favorites include the Adam West Batman, Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Munsters.
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.