It's been a month since our last Wednesday Poetry Prompt thanks to a super fun April! For those new to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts, the prompts are posted on Wednesday, but folks share poems, comments, and more throughout the week. It's a much more laid back version of the poem-a-day challenge. (Also, for screening readers who have not received their poems yet, those are on the way.)
For today's prompt, write a crafty poem. My kids have been running around the house with pipe cleaners, tape, and scissors (ok, they don't run with the scissors--at least when I'm watching them). There are any number of ways to be crafty, including little arts and crafts, but also writing, painting, quilting, and more. So get crafty with your poeming this week!
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Here's my attempt at a Crafty Poem:
"ode to a painted rock"
i find you in a friend's garden
nearly hidden behind tulips
your piercing stare alarming me
at first before i realized you
had no intention of moving
in fact had no intent at all
how many creatures catch themselves
i wonder wondering at your
eyes & beak & each stroked feather
talons concealed but very much
a predator or the spitting
image of one who haunts the skies
& barns & i tip my ball cap
to you & then smell the flowers
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.
He’s a big fan of painting and photography. He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.
Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.