Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 301

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For this week’s prompt, write a poem inspired by a movie. Base your poem on a scene, a character, or even the plot. You can leave a clue in your poem or try to hide your tracks completely. Have fun with it.


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Here’s my attempt at a Movie Poem:

“I didn’t mean to call you a meatloaf”

Jack, I’m serious. This transformation
in a living room beneath the blue moon
is a major bummer. It really hurts
even if I’m staying with a hot nurse

in a foreign land. Man, look at my hands
as they stretch into claws; check my teeth and
that freaking snout. O man, Jack, I want out,
but I can’t take my own life. There’s no doubt

I’d feel better, but who’ll pull the trigger?
Because I can’t. I won’t. My guilt’s bigger
every night, but I fight my flight. O Jack,
how I wish we could have the good times back.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.

He’s married with five kids and loves watching quirky movies from the 80’s. He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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157 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 301

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    The Black Stallion
    by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    Each time you break into full gallop,
    your short sleek neck, snaked in blue highlights
    mane whipping, nostrils flaring
    mad surf pounding behind you,
    divine stallion, friend of the Muses
    I am reminded of just what it is
    that a young Alec must see
    in the roll of your eyes,
    high pitched squeals,
    the strike of hoof flint
    against crushed shells
    underneath the magic that comes with
    being shipwrecked in paradise
    astride an airborne demigod,
    Bellerophon and Pegasus.
    Small wonder Zeus himself
    transformed you into
    a constellation
    for the rest of us!

    © 2015 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. ReathaThomasOakley

    One last movie poem
    in praise of younger men
    who never confessed to
    an adolescent crush on
    that sweet, swimsuited

    That’s it.


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