I hope the poems are coming easy for you this month. I know from experience that some days are easier than others and that if I just show up I never know what will happen: good or bad.
For today’s prompt, write a doodle poem. In my mind, I’m thinking of how I like to doodle when I’m talking on the phone or sitting in a meeting. I used to doodle in my classes when I was younger. So for a poem, I’m thinking this could start off as something small that stays small or builds to epic proportions. Doodle around a bit today. If needed, start by describing something close at hand or within your current field of vision.
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Here’s my attempt at a Doodle Poem:
“I Don’t Know Why I Draw Birds”
But I do. And random skylines
that make little sense. Trees,
of course, without leaves
branching off into various
directions. Faceless people
and people with faces. Fish
swimming in the sky. Hills
covered in fire. Buildings
crumbling. Suns, moons,
and a hundred stars. But
always, somewhere, a bird.
Robert Lee Brewer is not really an artist, but he loves doodling and is constantly amazed by the art created by his children. When he was younger, he loved making baskets with materials found in nature, in addition to batik.
Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he gets to do a million things to help writers find more success with their writing (including this blog). He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53).
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Find more poetic posts here:
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 347.
- Michael Dylan Welch: Poet Interview.
- The Many Faces of Persona Poems.