Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 365

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Today is a pretty big day on Poetic Asides and for the Wednesday Poetry Prompts series: It marks a year's worth (365 days!) of prompts. Wow! Sooooo...

For today’s prompt, write a “year in the life” poem. It could be a poem about something that takes a year to happen, a summary of a year's worth of events, or even a top moment. Poems about tree rings, seasons, etc., are all welcome as well.

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Here’s my attempt at a Year in the Life poem:

“Nostalgia”

When Frank Sinatra sings "It Was a Very Good Year,"
I can't help but wonder if he replayed his own moments
through his head, or if it was just another song, another
chance to let his voice slip from one note to the next;
and then, I can't help but replay my own moments,
the real moments and imagined moments, the hopes
and dreams; and then, I get nostalgic for a moment
thinking of the good times and the bad, and I realize
my life hasn't always been easy, but it's always been
good and will continue that way for as long as I can
hear someone's voice and be moved to nostalgia.

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