For today’s prompt, write a number four poem. I’ll give everyone precisely four seconds to figure out what inspired today’s prompt, but there are so many ways to incorporate the number four in a poem: four-syllable lines, four-line stanzas, four-stanza poems, or write four poems with all these elements (which I might dub The Big Four–and see if it sticks). Beyond that, your poem could happen at four o’clock (a.m. or p.m.), could include four people, mention four objects, or any number (though mainly the number four) of other possibilities.
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Here’s my attempt at a Number Four Poem:
the number four
is better than
the number three
if you ask me
squares have four sides
and four corners
and are better
at holding things
which only have
three sides and three
the number four
includes one more
number that I
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). His favorite number is eight, which is a multiple of four.
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