For today’s prompt, write a temptation poem. Nearly everyone is tempted by something: fame, glory, money, chocolate. Today is the perfect day to give in to the temptation to write about your (or “a friend’s”) temptation. Also, I totally understand the temptation to write about The Temptations today.
Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!
In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.
Here’s my attempt at a Temptation Poem:
“& so the husband gives in to the temptation”
& so the husband gives in to the temptation
to buy flowers for the one who’s been on his mind
every evening as he closed his eyes & began dreaming
& so the husband leaves work around lunch time
to give flowers to the one who’s sparked a new fire
in his heart & who gives him a new reason for dreaming
& so the husband meets this woman at a restaurant
& gives her the flowers & confesses his obsession
& she smiles & kisses him & confesses the same
& so the husband returns to work a little late
because he was distracted & the afternoon passes
& returns home to his wife who he kissed at lunch time
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 is often tempted by all varieties of sugar.
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