For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might include “Holy Moly,” “Holy Line Breaks,” “Holy Jeans,” and I’m sure plenty of other more colorful variations. Feel free to replace the word “holy” with close approximations, such as “wholly” and “holey.”
Here’s my attempt:
“Holy Business Cards”
I had a friend who believed in the power of holy water
to stop vampires. He also claimed that’s why he always
ate pizza. You know, he needed the garlic. When he went
into business for himself, he heard the competition was
comprised of blood-sucking vampires. So he invited
a priest to his office to bless his holy business cards.
Robert Lee Brewer is the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53) and editor of Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market (both Writer’s Digest Books). Voted the 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, Brewer also curates an Insta-poetry series of poems for Virginia Quarterly Review. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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