Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 165 (Dead End Poems)

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For this week's poetry prompt, write a dead end poem. By dead end, I just mean hitting a wall or road block in a physical or metaphorical sense. And to make things even more interesting, you can write what's going to happen (or not happen) after hitting that dead end.

Here's my dead end poem:

"Sparking Ideas"

I start,
but then,
I stop
and rethink
my choice
of words
or how
I break
my lines
as if
I'm building
a house
or cooking
something extravagant,
though really
I'm just
stuck wanting
to say
something incredible
or amazing
while all
that comes
is this
fire consuming
the house
of cards
I left
too close
to your
lit matches.

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