For this week’s prompt, write a hesitation or hesitant poem. I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant to use this prompt, but that hesitation, in a way, signaled to me that I should go ahead with it. After all, aren’t our lives filled with hesitations–large and small?
Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Rather, it’s an extension of the creation process!
In the 48-minute tutorial video Re-creating Poetry: How to Revise Poems, poets will be inspired with several ways to re-create their poems with the help of seven revision filters that they can turn to again and again.
Here’s my attempt at a Hesitation Poem:
It’s easier to count up than
count down. Except when it’s harder,
or when you’re unsure of context:
I know how to go up and down;
I know how to go all around;
but why? I pick up sticks and get
my kicks, but what good is it if
I don’t have a reason to dream?
When she admitted, “I love you,”
there were no seconds or heartbeats,
no pause to consider or count,
between saying, “I love you too.”
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
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