For today’s prompt, write an apology poem. I’m sorry, but I don’t have anything to add to what this type of poem might entail.
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Here’s my attempt at an Apology poem:
Marcus jumped up from his dream rattled and shaky.
In it, he saw Jesse, but he wasn’t Jesse, not quite;
and he saw Clara, but she wasn’t quite Clara; and
Marcus was being chased by both (though not quite
both) of them through most of the dream…until…
he actually had to hunt for them…and…to kill.
It took a while for the room around him to grow
still. Marcus jumped at every shadow that didn’t
move, every noise that didn’t sound. A distant
train whistle about made him yelp. The dream
felt so real, and he had a hammer, along with
a wooden stake. He was looking at Jesse,
saying to Clara, “I’m so sorry. I don’t want to
do this. I’m sorry, but I have to kill you.”
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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