Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 117

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For everyone interested in writing a new poem, this week's prompt is to write a celebration poem. People celebrate things large and small throughout the year from birthdays to holidays and from anniversaries to good parking spots. Write a poem that somehow riffs off this celebratory spirit.

Here's my attempt:


I woke up next to my wife; the boys slept
through the night; the shower water was hot;
everybody left (for school or work)
on time; the sun broke through the clouds; and I
wrote a short poem--all before lunch time.


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