Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 152

Author:
Publish date:

Over the weekend, I was in Webster, Texas, as part of the Houston Poetry Fest's "Out of Bounds" reading. Our own Laurie Kolp made it out to the reading, and I met a few other "silent" readers of Poetic Asides, including Laura Pena. Click here to read about my experience (and see a few pics).

*****

For this week's prompt, write an October poem. I'll let you figure out what writing an October poem means for you, but for me, I start thinking of pumpkins, swirling leaves, and football. And I think of ghosts, witches, and werewolves. Oh yeah, there's also the shortening of days, cooler evenings, and candy. Plus...well, I guess I should just get to poeming.

"October in Duluth, Georgia"

isn't quite the same as October in Duluth, Minnesota,
but the trees still start shedding their leaves
which catch fire in red, yellow, and orange flames
before burning into brown, crunchy cinders.
The sky is still blue--like really blue--and empty
waiting for winter's grayness to fill the space
left by the sun, which has gone fishing somewhere
in South America. You can see the birds follow,
but we'll stay and tough it out, because there's
a certain comfort in watching an old friend leave
and having faith that life will go on and that someday
everyone and everything has no choice but to be reunited.

*****

Follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer

*****

2012 Poet's Market cover

Get your poetry published!
Find hundreds of publishing opportunities in the 2012 Poet's Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer. In addition to the listings for publications, contests, book publishers, this edition of Poet's Market has more articles, an exclusive webinar on building your audience, and access to the poetry slice of information on WritersMarket.com.

Click here to learn more

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a get blank poem.

take two 3 mistakes writers make in act i

Take Two: 3 Mistakes Writers Make in Act I

Without a solid foundation, our stories flounder. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares insights into the three mistakes writers make when creating the first act.

David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality

David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality

Novelist David Jackson Ambrose discusses the initial themes he wanted to explore in his latest novel, A Blind Eye, what the editing process was like, and how his books always surprise him in the end.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not knowing when to shelve a project.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a persona poem (for an inanimate object).

4 Tips for Writing Engaging Frenemies

4 Tips for Writing Engaging Frenemies

No matter what genre you write, if you're planning to write characters as frenemies, you'll need to know how to do it well. Bestselling romance author Lorraine Heath shares her top tips.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Placing Blame

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Placing Blame

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, make a character place blame on someone.

Luke X. Cunningham: A Writer's Hopes for Their Readers

Luke X. Cunningham: A Writer's Hopes for Their Readers

Emmy-nominated writer Luke X. Cunningham explains how he came to write a middle-grade mystery novel and what he hopes for the kids who read his book.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a metaphor poem.