For this week’s prompt, take the phrase “If You (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 might include: “If You Dare,” “If You Read Poetry,” “If Your Friends Jump,” etc.
Here’s my attempt at an “If You (blank)” poem:
“If You’re Alone in the Woods With a Tree”
And it doesn’t make a sound,
will anyone believe you?
If you answer the phone
and only find silence,
there’s no way to say,
“I agree completely.”
Maybe it’s the tree
or a complacent bush.
Maybe it’s your self-doubt
coming back to haunt you.
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Robert Lee Brewer is an editor for the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53), a collection of poems. 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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