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Sorry for the late prompt today. Busy, busy morning. Totally unrelated, I just wanted to share this list of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry put together by Seth Abramson for Huffington Post (click to read the list). I made the list, though I always feel like it's a team effort--what we accomplish here at Poetic Asides. Thanks!

For this week's prompt, write a listening poem. You can be listening to the wind or the congested traffic of New York City or the waves at a beach or the long story of a friend or anything really. You listen (or remember or imagine something you've heard) and then write a poem.

Here's my attempt at a listening poem:

"echo"

I tell the boys
to get their toys
off of the floor
but then hear more
from a small voice
who says, "Hey, Boys!
Pick up your toys!
Pick up your toys!"
I turn around
and see the sound
come from a girl
with cute blond curls
holding a doll,
a bouncy ball,
and banana--
it's my Hannah!

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