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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 259

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For today's prompt, write a poem from inside another person's skin. Sound icky? Well, I'm talking more like metaphorically. For instance, pretend to write a poem from the perspective of Walt Whitman, Amelia Earhart, or that strange looking guy on the bus. Use this prompt to get outside of your own persona and into the persona of someone (or something, I suppose) else.

Here's my attempt at writing a poem inside another person's skin:


I'm not trying to creep you out
or, dare I say it, bug you.

It's just getting to be spring,
and, well, you got easy pickings.

That is, until you start putting
all your food in plastic baggies.

Then, it'll be time for me to move
on and, yes, bug your neighbors.


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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 the author of Solving the World's Problems, which does not include any poems from the perspective of a bug delivering horrible puns (promise!). A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, Robert has published poems in Hobble Creek Review and The Pedestal Magazine--as well as several other online and print publications. In April, he'll be reading poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival with his wife, Tammy Foster Brewer. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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