Today I'm going to be speaking about poetry at a conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Topics covered include revision (or as I like to say, "re-creation") and platform (or "finding more readers for poetry"). If you'll be at this event, please say hi today. If not, hope to see you at an event in the future.
For today’s prompt, write a hide out poem. When I was a kid, we'd build "hide outs," I guess from our parents or other kids. An assortment of criminals (fictionalized and real) have their hide outs. But maybe there are other hide outs, like a "man cave," "she shed," or the local pub. Heck, maybe it's the library. Give it a thought, and I'm sure you'll find the right hide out poem for you.
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Here’s my attempt at a Hide Out Poem:
“Story Behind the Painting”
I've never been a "what you see
is what you get" type of person,
whether it's because of thoughts
swirling around in my head, or
my proclivity for reading into
songs or telling stories about
art. Take this landscape painting
of an Italian countryside with
a peaceful house and vineyard:
Most people can't see it, but
there is a boy hidden in that
tree to the right of the house
and below him is a concealed
girl in the bush; they are telling
each other lies to test their
truths. And inside the house
is a father who, passed out
again, neglects everything.
Robert Lee Brewer loves making up new stories for the same paintings in the family dining room, but it's even more fun when his kids join in the effort. Of course, he was tempted to write about the secret hide out of his car keys, which often lose their way.
Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he gets to do a million things to help writers find more success with their writing (including this blog). He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53).
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