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For today's prompt, write a beauty poem. Think Beauty and the Beast; think beauty sleep; think airbrushed images in magazines, self-esteem, and selfies. Personally, I always think of the old black & white version of King Kong and the final line of the movie.

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Here’s my attempt at a Beauty Poem:

“cincinnati”

what others find dirty
i've often found beautiful
& so it is with you

with your dirty river
& streets littered with
trash & homeless

grimy rectangled houses
filled with drugs & gangs
& i'll always wander

your veins even when
i sleep more than
a thousand miles away.

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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 WritersMarket.com newsletter and poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

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He was born and raised in Southwest Ohio (Dayton and Cincinnati), and he'll always have a soft spot for Clifton, Over the Rhine, and the difficult-to-navigate West Side of the Queen City.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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