I’ve found over the years that most people who can make it through three days have the stamina to keep poeming for 30. So let’s get through this together!
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) of Love,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Water Bottle of Love,” “Smart Phone of Love,” “Toothbrush of Love,” “Tweet of Love,” or any number of blanks of love. I actually kind of love this prompt and am surprised I’ve never done it before.
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Here’s my attempt at a Blank of Love Poem:
“antiperspirant of love”
she warns me against setting
words of love down at her feet
because words can be revised
she’s more interested in things
that make a real impact like
the dinner & movie of love
or the spending time alone
of love or her all-time favorite
the antiperspirant of love
because she likes boys who
know how to work up a sweat
& still manage to smell sweet
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