For today’s prompt, write an exile poem. Exile is a noun, a verb, and an American rock band from Richmond, Kentucky. A person, animal, or object can be exiled. But people and animals also exile others--or even exile themselves.
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Here’s my attempt at an Exile Poem:
& if you release me
& i drift across the sea
i may never drift back
though i may long to be
caught by your smiling net
that i shall not forget
like a first time heart attack
that always feels onset
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 exiles himself at times to think and to write. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.