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For today's prompt, let's try something a little different. First, I want you to think about the color of the shirt you're currently wearing (if you're not wearing a shirt, put one on before you catch a cold). Second, I want you to think about the most recent animal you've seen (either in the wild, online, on TV, or in your imagination--this isn't rocket science). OK, with me so far?

Now I want you to do a little math problem with me: (color of shirt I'm wearing) + (last animal I've seen) = (title of my poem today)

So today is a title prompt. To get that title, combine the color of the shirt you're wearing with the last animal you've seen. Possible titles might be: "Turquoise Rabbit," "Crimson Blue Jay," or "Rainbow Hamster." If you prefer to change the color of your shirt or the selection of animal, go for it; I don't know what you're wearing today.


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Here's my attempt at a Color Plus Animal Poem:

"Blue Squirrel"

He had a guitar, but he had no strings;
he had a guitar, but he had no strings;
he had a voice,
but he couldn't sing.

He had a walnut, but he had no teeth;
he had a walnut, but he had no teeth;
sometimes a squirrel
can't get no relief.


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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