For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I’ll Be (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “I’ll Be Back,” “I’ll Be Late for Dinner,” and “I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle.”
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Here’s my attempt at an I’ll Be Blank poem:
“I’ll Be a Poet”
and pull the stars from the sky
before turning them into elephants
stampeding through the suburbs
or perhaps I’ll fall asleep & dream
of a house on fire covered in lightning
bugs that all ascend together
on cue & silently lift up through
the clouds that just as silently part
to reveal the fireflies as the stars
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 grew up chasing fireflies and watching sunsets turn into the night sky.
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