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For today’s prompt, write an illusion poem. Could be about magic tricks, optical illusions, illusions of character, or wherever you wish to take it.

Here’s my attempt at an illusion poem:

“When the sun sets”

He waves to the boys
as they float from sight.

Then, giant eagles
descend that he rides

to the moon, where he
talks with aliens

on the side always
covered in darkness.

The aliens, strange
as they are, somehow

understand what he
feels better than he

does. So he donates
his feelings to them

by sketching a few
words on a napkin.

When the boys return,
he asks for them back.

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Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the new poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits books, creates blog posts, writes a column for Writer’s Digest magazine, edits a free weekly newsletter, and other fun writing-related activities. Voted Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere in 2010, Brewer also curates the Insta-poetry series for Virginia Quarterly Review. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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