Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 171

Publish date:

I apologize for the late prompt this week, but it's just been one of those days (and weeks, for that matter). Nothing horrible, just busy.

For this week's prompt, take the phrase "I'll Believe It When (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Some possible titles include: "I'll Believe It When I See It," "I'll Believe It When Pigs Fly," "I'll Believe It When There's More Than Just Words," etc.

Here's my attempt:

"I'll Believe It When the Poem"

breaks open in my hand like bread
I might feed to gold fish in the pond
we circle every night after work as
if we form our own little school of
two fish swimming in any direction
the currents take us as long as we
stay within a fin's length of the other's
thoughts, something we always do.


Follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer and on my personal blog, My Name Is Not Bob.


Publish your poetry with the help of Subscriptions start at only $3.99/month, and the service--which has been around for more than a decade--offers thousands of publishing opportunities, including listings for literary agents, book publishers, magazines, contests, conferences, and more!

Click to continue.

WD Vintage_Armour 12:03

Vintage WD: Don't Hide Your Light Verse Under a Bushel

In this article from 1960, poet and author Richard Armour explores the importance of light verse and gives helpful hints to the hopeful poet.


Tessa Arlen: On Polite Editorial Tussles and Unraveling Mysteries

In this article, author Tessa Arlen explains how to navigate the differences between American and English audiences and create a realistic historical mystery.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 547

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a lazy poem.


Denise Williams: Romance, Healing, and Learning to Love Revisions

Author Denise Williams recounts her experience with writing her first book while learning about the publishing industry and the biggest surprise about novel revisions.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 13th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.


Shook vs. Shaked vs. Shaken (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use shook vs. shaked vs. shaken on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exit poem.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: New Online Courses and Manuscript Critique

This week, we’re excited to announce courses in blogging and memoir writing, manuscript critique services, and more.