For today’s prompt, write a jealous poem. Maybe you’re jealous. Or maybe someone else is jealous of you–or someone else. Whether envious of another or suspicious of a partner, dive deep into this emotion today.
Remember: These prompts are just springboards; you have the freedom to jump in any direction you want.
(Note: Also, if you happen to run into any issues posting poems, please just send me an e-mail at email@example.com with the subject line: April PAD Posting Problems. Fingers crossed there are no tech hiccups this month.)
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This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).
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Here’s my attempt at a Jealous Poem:
Does the earth ever grow jealous of the moon
and how just a sliver makes lovers swoon?
And does the moon ever brag with pride
about how it moves the ocean’s tide?
The answer, of course, is definitely not,
because the earth knows the moon’s a dead rock.
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 not jealous of the moon, but he does appreciate it. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.