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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 323

For this week's prompt, write a hesitation or hesitant poem. I'll admit that I was initially hesitant to use this prompt, but that hesitation, in a way, signaled to me that I should go ahead with it. After all, aren't our lives filled with hesitations--large and small?

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Here’s my attempt at a Hesitation Poem:

“Math”

It's easier to count up than
count down. Except when it's harder,
or when you're unsure of context:

I know how to go up and down;
I know how to go all around;
but why? I pick up sticks and get

my kicks, but what good is it if
I don't have a reason to dream?
When she admitted, "I love you,"

there were no seconds or heartbeats,
no pause to consider or count,
between saying, "I love you too."

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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