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For today’s prompt, write a happy now poem. There are a few ways to come at this prompt. For instance, I could think something along the lines of, “I am happy now.” Or I could spin it another way with, “Am I happy now?” Or project outwards, “Are you happy now?” Of course, the emphasis could be on the word “happy” or the word “now.” I hope everyone finds happiness with their poeming now.
$1,000 Could Be Yours!
Writer’s Digest has extended the deadline to their Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards competition to November 21. As you may have guessed from the bold statement above, the winner will receive $1,000 cash!
The winning poem will also be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. And the winning poet will receive a copy of the 2015 Poet’s Market.
Even poets who don’t win can win, because there are prizes for 2nd through 25th place as well.
Here’s my attempt at a Happy Now poem:
“Now or Later”
I’ll be a happy tater
because I’ve been through enough
to know that low can always
be lower, that slow can be
slower, and no one owes you
anything. So I’ll take now
or later, alligator,
and I will smile for awhile,
crocodile, because I’ll live
longer that way, and if not
longer, at least happier,
because the worst kind of pain
is always self-inflicted.
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 has a few lucky numbers, though none have ever helped him win the lottery. So they’re lucky numbers, sure, but also kinda worthless in a monetary sense (or cents).
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