For today’s prompt, write a “running its course” poem. Whether it’s for good or bad, things often run their course eventually (except for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, which apparently keep going no matter what). Often, that phrase means something comes to its natural conclusion, but it could also mean a marathon runner running his or her course, or a raft following a river, or any number of other creative interpretations.
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!
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Here’s my attempt at a Running Its Course Poem:
the doctor says he’s sorry
but there’s no medicine to give
“it will just have to run its course”
of course i understand that’s the case
but i think what a great gig
to tell people there’s nothing you can do
“expect a bill in the mail”
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He does not expect the prompting and poeming on this blog to run its course until he runs out of numbers for the Wednesday Poetry Prompts (when it gets to “000”), which shouldn’t be until sometime in 2030 or 2031. Until then, follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
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