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I apologize for the late prompt today. Sometimes I have trouble coming up with a prompt; other times, I struggle with the poem. This time around, I had the prompt--and thought it was a good one--but the poem took a while to get loose.

For today's prompt, write a spectacular poem. Poems that are spectacular might be about BIG events or occurrences: Think Spectacular Spider-Man, or think about great spectacles (some good, some disastrous). Or look at the spectacular things that happen at an atomic or molecular level. Here's to a spectacular week of poeming!


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Here’s my attempt at a Spectacular Poem:

“The Spectacular C.B.”

I've never done anything particularly
spectacular. Never won an election, kissed
the girl, or received more than rocks in my candy
bag on Halloween. I did kick that football once,

but I was invisible--so I could never
prove it at all. Maybe the most spectacular
thing about me is my lack of spectacular
attributes. I'm just a kid with a sister and

a dog and an empty mailbox (especially
around Valentine's Day) and a bag full of rocks.
When other kids see me coming, they turn around:
No one plays with the spectacular Charlie Brown.


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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