Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 274

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If you missed it, I released a list of 50 poetic forms on Monday. Find the usual suspects (like the sestina and haiku) sprinkled with the unusual suspects (like the paradelle and shadorma). Click here to check out the full list.

For this week's prompt, write a disappointment poem. If you've never encountered disappointment, I really don't know what to tell you. Maybe take the week off? Maybe write about how disappointed you are to have never been disappointed? For the rest of us, this prompt should deliver a tsunami of memories, moments, images, etc. Ready or not, here we go.

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Here's my attempt at a Disappointment Poem:


so many numbers & combinations

yet i never seem to stumble across them

or even remotely challenge to win the prize

but still i purchase the ticket because somebody

has to be the loser to help someone else win


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing, in addition to writing a free weekly newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.


A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, Robert has been a featured poet at events across the country and is married to poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets. He's written and shared more than 600 original poems on this blog over the years.

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