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It's Wednesday, which means it's poeming time. But first, check out the winner of the somonka challenge. Also, Tammy and me will be reading at various locations for the Austin International Poetry Festival (April 3-6); if you live in the area (and even if you don't), consider making it out for a poetry experience unlike any other.

For today's prompt, write a stress poem. The poem could be about something that stresses you (or someone else) out: for instance, death, taxes, and/or Star Wars prequels. Or the poem could be about something you (or someone else) want to stress: for instance, your aversion to Star Wars prequels. Of course, you can bend the prompt to your whim.

Here's my attempt at a stress poem:

"crutch theories"

the thing about a stress fracture is that it doesn't just happen
like falling off a fence and breaking a bone more like sisyphus

this hairline fracture develops from falling off that fence over
and over which is different than falling in love over and over

because the constant ripping of heart tissue actually makes
the muscle stronger which is why i'm able to constantly push

through the pain falling off fences and falling in love or that's
the theory not that it makes it any easier to hobble around

town on crutches clutching at my chest saying she got away

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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 Solving the World's Problems, which is filled with poems about love, faith, and global warming (among other topics). He's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who (as mentioned above) will be rocking the Austin International Poetry Festival with him. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, Brewer is the current judge of the IBPC Poetry Competition. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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