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I've been a bit careless today. You see, I took the day off (the kids got a snow day today), and I didn't get my poem-prompt written this morning. However, I've still got a solid 30 minutes of writing time left, soooooo...

For this week's prompt, write a careless poem. That's right, a careless poem. It's funny; I actually had this prompt planned out weeks in advance. Somehow, I must've known life was going imitate art--or vice versa.


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Here's my attempt at a Careless Poem:


I forgot to lock the car
which means my mixtapes
are at risk

only no one listens to tapes

anymore & anyway

I meant mixdiscs

which few people even

listen to because they

can download their music

& no one listens to the same

stuff anymore anyway

& while I'm at it

I forgot to lock the gate

which means my backyard

is at risk

only no one plays outside

anymore & anyway

I forgot

to lock the doors to my house

which means my stuff & me

are at risk

only no one wants a box tv

or dvd player without hdmi

& I'm not

as valuable as I used to be

because who wants a worn out

father of five

who forgets to lock things up


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.


After writing today's poem, he's suddenly paranoid that he really did leave everything unlocked, but he's reassured that he has nothing much of value for folks to take anyway.

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