For today’s prompt, write a compulsion poem. On Sundays in autumn, I often feel a compulsion to check how my fantasy football team is doing over and over again. When I was younger, I often felt a compulsion to play Tetris–something about stacking up all those lines. I still often feel compelled to break into song while I make the kids’ lunches each morning before sending them off to school. Maybe your compulsion is writing poems!
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Here’s my attempt at a Compulsion poem:
I wake up and dream about you,
fall asleep and see about you–
it’s the least that I could do
when it seems everything I view
is through a filter of you,
thoughts of you, moments of you
telling me you think about me too,
unsure if it’s a dream or somehow true.
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 compulsion for writing little love ditties from time to time–just trying to stay true to his roots.
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.