For today’s prompt, write an “it can’t be” poem. That is, a poem about something that just can’t be true. For some, this might mean a heart-broken love poem at the end of a relationship. For others, it might be dealing with a death. Still, it could be as trivial as a sports team losing or running out of chocolate (gasp!).
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Here’s my attempt at an It Can’t Be poem:
“Tis the Season”
What’s this dread washing over me
as agents sharpen their axes?
Sadly, I think it cannot be,
but it’s time to do my taxes!
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). And a person who pays his taxes.
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