Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 335

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Happy New Year! Believe it or not, this is the first Wednesday Poetry Prompt of 2016! Before we look at the prompt though, I wanted to share three poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). They're all quickies; that is, all three combine for a total of 10 lines. And that inspired this week's prompt.

For today's prompt, write a poem consisting of 10 lines or fewer. I've had poets tell me they have trouble getting under 32-line length requirements. But it can be done. Heck, I wrote three poems with 10 lines. Remember: The first draft can be as long as you wish, but then, pare it down to the essentials--if only for this week.

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Here’s my attempt at a Ten Lines or Fewer poem:

“economics”

she says i should watch how i spend my economy of words
but i've never been too fantastic with money i reply
& she sighs without saying a word
before batting her efficient eyes

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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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