For today’s prompt, write a nothing better poem. Now, there are at least a couple ways to take this, but probably more. First, the poem could be about a moment that’s so amazing that nothing could ever be better–kind of like a high moment poem. But taking the same prompt, someone could spin it the complete other way as a “nothing will ever be better again” poem.
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Here’s my attempt at a Nothing Better poem:
when i was small i had trouble
following what older folks said
sometimes thinking they meant one thing
when they meant something else instead
both potatoes and tomatoes
transformed to “taters” and “maters”
with some things “whatchamacallits”
grannie would remember later
but cloudy communication
never stopped me from having fun
whether catching fireflies at night
or running barefoot in the sun
there was nothing better to me
and there were no moments greater
than lounging with the older folks
and eating grandma’s fried taters.
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 loves his grandma and her fried taters.
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