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For today's prompt, write a mistake poem. I guess the poem itself could be a mistake, if you want to go that route, but it could also be a case of mistaken identity, a clerical error, or some other mishap. The narrator of the poem could be sorry for making the mistake or upset that someone else made one.

Here's my attempt at a mistake poem:

"Fool Proof"

Every time I see something labeled Fool Proof
I worry I'll be the one to prove it wrong. She
tells me I can't mess this good thing up. "It's fool proof,"
she says. But as soon as she says it, I'm thinking
of all the ways I can possibly screw things up.

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Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community, working specifically on the Market Book series (check out the brand new 2014 Writer's Market). Named the 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, his debut full-length collection of poetry Solving the World's Problems is due out from Press 53 on September 1, 2013. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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