For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. A poem that is either about an animal, involves an animal, or is from an animal’s perspective. Your choice.
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In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.
Here’s my attempt at an Animal poem:
“That One Boy”
Marcus waved for the other three to follow his lead, and he led
them all along the perimeter of the house until they were standing
in front of a cellar door. None of them were brave enough to speak–
not even Eddie–until finally Walt broke the silence, “You’re not even
asking us to go down there, are you? I mean, the rest was pretty
crazy, but this is insane. There are people inside. You heard them,
didn’t you?” “Yeah, Walt’s right, Marcus,” said Barbara rubbing both
of her arms to warm up–and failing. “We can’t go down there.”
Marcus stood there looking at the cellar door and without looking up
at the other three said, “I heard the voices, Walt. They said that ‘no
one ever comes out here…except that one boy.’ What if that one boy
is Jesse? What if he’s still here?” “Well, then,” started Barbara, looking
conflicted, “then, we should probably get the police.” Marcus reluctantly
turned and followed the others, the sound of a coyote in the distance.
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 and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.
This is his eighth year of hosting and participating in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. He can’t wait to see what everyone creates this month–not only on a day-by-day basis, but when the chapbooks start arriving in December and January. Fun, fun, fun.
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