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For today’s prompt, let’s try something a little different. First, I want you to think about the color of the shirt you’re currently wearing (if you’re not wearing a shirt, put one on before you catch a cold). Second, I want you to think about the most recent animal you’ve seen (either in the wild, online, on TV, or in your imagination–this isn’t rocket science). OK, with me so far?
Now I want you to do a little math problem with me: (color of shirt I’m wearing) + (last animal I’ve seen) = (title of my poem today)
So today is a title prompt. To get that title, combine the color of the shirt you’re wearing with the last animal you’ve seen. Possible titles might be: “Turquoise Rabbit,” “Crimson Blue Jay,” or “Rainbow Hamster.” If you prefer to change the color of your shirt or the selection of animal, go for it; I don’t know what you’re wearing today.
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Here’s my attempt at a Color Plus Animal Poem:
He had a guitar, but he had no strings;
he had a guitar, but he had no strings;
he had a voice,
but he couldn’t sing.
He had a walnut, but he had no teeth;
he had a walnut, but he had no teeth;
sometimes a squirrel
can’t get no relief.
Robert 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 loves a little blues every once in a while. And he’s the author of Solving the World’s Problems.
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