For today’s prompt, look to the news and write about something recently reported. It doesn’t have to be something today, but something in the past week or month would be ideal. There’s always good and bad things happening in the world, and poetry is a powerful way to document events.
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Here’s my attempt at a News poem:
When my boy started talking about a typhoon
in the Pacific, I thought what’s that got to do
with anything over here. I mean, we got autumn
myth season in full effect and a Southern sun
to keep us warm. But darn it, that super storm
flew straight at the arctic making winter born
of circumstance and soon we’ll claim back our
love of heaters, blankets, and hot cocoa to pour.
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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 baby brother who chases storms (tornadoes, ice storms, and hurricanes–o my!), but Robert’s perfectly happy staying indoors during inclement weather. Today’s prompt was inspired by the cold air mass headed toward the U.S. caused by Typhoon Nuri.
Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.