For today’s prompt, write a free poem. In the United States, today is known as Independence Day, but free can mean many things. In sales, free can mean free, or it can mean “free if you buy something else.” There’s freedom from addiction, abusive relationships, and bad habits. I hope everyone who reads this has the freedom to poem along.
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Here’s my attempt at a Free Poem:
i offer this poem at no expense to you
if you choose to take it, do as you wish to do
read, share it; send it in a letter to a friend
quote the opening, skip ahead straight to the end
tuck it away in a shelf, never to be seen
toss it in the trash as if something quite unclean
or use it as a thing to help you write your own
an example, if you please, of what might be done
if a spark ignites & the words begin to flow
please share your free poem in the comments below
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’s offered up a free poem each and every Wednesday on this blog for more than a decade, with a few extra each and every April and November.
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