There are only a few constants in my life: One of them is that I know I’ll share a prompt and poem on Wednesdays. I hope everyone is ready to let loose this week.
For this week’s prompt, write an outside poem. And I encourage people to actually (physically) get outside if at all possible. Now, the poem itself can be about the great outdoors, but it can also be about other iterations of the outside concept. There’s, of course, thinking outside the box, but maybe just getting outside the cubicle or outside the bedroom, hospital room, depression, addiction, and our own heads. So like I said, I hope everyone’s ready to let loose and get outside their comfort zones. Let’s poem!
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Here’s my attempt at an Outside Poem:
everything i do must fit inside a box
whether it’s the pictures i download
words i write including my status updates
& then at the store i know the box
records my every movement to make sure
i’m not taking what i haven’t purchased yet
i feel my house wants to be a box
now that i’ve unpacked so many within
its walls releasing books dvds & paper
my poems don’t work well in a box
i tend to write them in notebooks & scribble
new stanzas line breaks & draw arrows
because it’s hard to move in a box
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 loves reading poetry, writing poetry, and studying poetry–but he especially loves sharing poetry and is happy that Poetic Asides is a place that accommodates just that.
Robert thinks Wednesdays, of course, rock, because they help him write at least one poem each week. Everything above and beyond that is gravy, icing, or whatever else floats your boat.
Robert is 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.
Find more poetic goodness here:
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Golden Shovel Winner.
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 272.
- Madrigal: Poetic Form.