Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 225

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I've been busy this week taking a vacation to volunteer with day camp. So I've been leading around a bunch of 9-year-old Cub Scouts for 8 hours each day. It's been a lot of work--but also a lot of fun.

For this week's prompt, write a poem about a challenging situation. Maybe it's getting 11 9-year-old boys to walk in a straight line (not that I would have any experience with that), or maybe it's trying to capture an image in a poem (not that I'd have any experience with that either). Can be your challenging situation--or that of another person you know. Anything goes.

Here's my attempt:


When he was born, he couldn't swallow formula
and breathe at the same time. There were times
he would flat line when he tried, and then I knew
how a man could go from his happiest moment
to his most miserable in an instant. Something
I take for granted, a matter of life and death.


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