Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 286

This will be our final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until December. Beginning on Saturday, the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge will provide a prompt and poem each day of the month. Click here for the guidelines.

For today’s prompt, write an emerging poem. Some things emerge out of the shadows or the darkness. Some things emerge from the water. Others emerge in broad daylight, whether we’re talking monsters, athletes, politicians, or what have you. Poems themselves emerge from the blank page and/or screen.


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Here’s my attempt at an Emerging Poem:

“suburban coyote”

we stood together
with the rising sun
for the camera

when Simon saw it
and asked what is it
and without looking

we said it must be
a deer but he said
no that’s not a deer

it’s a coyote
we followed his eyes
and watched it emerge

from beneath a bush
and it was bigger
than I thought they got

and I worried for
the kids as it ran
one end of the yard

to the other like
lightning but under
that speed was a fear

of the chain link fence
and questioning eyes
as sun revealed all


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

This will be his seventh year of hosting and participating in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. As much as he loves the hustle and bustle of the April PAD Challenges, November is nice for a few reasons, including the focus on creating a chapbook and just the laid back feel. Some of his favorite poems have come out of the November challenges, and he can’t wait to get started again.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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178 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 286

  1. Meriadoc


    From the Quill
    my thoughts derive
    A Muse adrift on Wings of Light
    For who? For what?
    That this shall thrive
    God’s Eye through mine, Crystalline Sight.

  2. jhowe

    Evolution of Emergence

    Does a comet make a sound?
    It’d likely be a deafening roar
    if one could be there.

    If a tree fell in a forest,
    is it even rational to speculate
    if a sound was made
    if no one was there?

    But the chicken and the egg,
    now there’s a question.


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