For today’s prompt, pick an insect (any insect), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Praying Mantis,” “Ants,” and “Grasshoppers.” I’ll even except other creepy crawlies, like spiders, slugs, and leeches (shiver). Sorry in advance if this prompt gives you the heebie-jeebies; feel free to use insect repellent in your verse.
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Here’s my attempt at an Insect Poem:
as an adult, i miss the chirp of crickets–
familiar as a distant train whistle–
filling the void of midnight with white noise
in the same way fireflies illuminate
the early evening hour, crickets long ago
claimed a chunk of my childhood memory
so that now i hear them–both day & night–
when others hear nothing: crickets filling
the dark silence that threatens to smother me
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He smiles when he thinks of laying in bed as a child and listening to the crickets outside.
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