Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 153

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For today's prompt, write a poem that plays with the idea of disguises. There are physical disguises, of course, but also emotional and psychological disguises that most people wear to some extent every day.

Here's my attempt:

"Hit the road, Jack"

The beginning is where the end
should be, she tells me, so maybe
we should just call it a day, but
then again, there are the children
to worry over and the bills
aren't going to just pay themselves.

In a panic, I wave my hands
in the air and say, What are you
trying to tell me? Are you not
happy? Do you need a little
space? I'm sure we can work this out.

Oh sugar, she says, I just meant
we have a lot of work to do
before we can hit the beach and
let the waves take us away.


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