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For this week's prompt, write a poem inspired by a movie. Base your poem on a scene, a character, or even the plot. You can leave a clue in your poem or try to hide your tracks completely. Have fun with it.

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Here's my attempt at a Movie Poem:

"I didn't mean to call you a meatloaf"

Jack, I'm serious. This transformation
in a living room beneath the blue moon
is a major bummer. It really hurts
even if I'm staying with a hot nurse

in a foreign land. Man, look at my hands
as they stretch into claws; check my teeth and
that freaking snout. O man, Jack, I want out,
but I can't take my own life. There's no doubt

I'd feel better, but who'll pull the trigger?
Because I can't. I won't. My guilt's bigger
every night, but I fight my flight. O Jack,
how I wish we could have the good times back.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet's Market and Writer's Market), writes a poetry column for Writer's Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.

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He's married with five kids and loves watching quirky movies from the 80's. He's also the author of Solving the World's Problems.

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