For today’s poetry prompt, write a watching the world go by poem. Whether watching from the window, a park bench, or a couch, perspective is one part of this prompt; the other is what one sees and thinks about it.
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Here’s my attempt at a Watching the World Go By Poem:
Just a few minutes walk from the bright lights
of Broadway and Times Square, a short cab ride
from the wheeling and dealing of the stock
exchange, I watch children swing from playground
equipment as adults read books or talk
diets and relationships. Runners run
circles around us all and lovers stroll
near the lake or the zoo, and I can’t help
but consider the lives that have passed and
lives yet to pass, the meanings–so fleeting–
and where will I eventually end up.
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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