Somehow, we’re down to the final three days of this year’s November challenge. Crazy!
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I Want (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “I Want Money,” “I Want a Second Chance,” “I Want My Name in Lights,” “I Want an Extra Hour of Sleep Each Day,” etc.
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Here’s my attempt at a I Want Blank poem:
“I Want to Lose a Few Pounds”
I want to lose a few pounds
& learn to play the guitar
before my next birthday
or at least by this time
next year. I want to write
a novel, build a tree house,
& read Finnegan’s Wake—
just to say I did it. & I want
to run a marathon, hike
the Appalachian Trail,
see my children fall
in love, & grow old
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.
He likes to do things. All manner of things. It’s the Brewer in him.
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Find more poetic goodies here:
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Trimeric. (Deadline: 11/30/16.)
- Rimas Dissolutas: Poetic Form.
- Bryan Borland: Poet Interview.