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For today’s prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. Ekphrasis sounds kind of complicated, but it's just a fancy word for using a piece of art to inspire a poem. I've included a few images below, but feel free to use your own, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Spiral Staircase on Eiffel Tower

Spiral Staircase on Eiffel Tower

Woman Suffrage Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio

Woman Suffrage Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio

Hindenburg Flying Over New York City

Hindenburg Flying Over New York City

Richmond (VA) Flour Mills at End of American Civil War

Richmond (VA) Flour Mills at End of American Civil War

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Here’s my attempt at an Ekphrastic poem:

“23”

Come on in, and you will see
why you should vote for twenty-three--
the best amendment for you and me:
Cast your vote for twenty-three!

We just want equality
with the passage of twenty-three--
the best amendment for you and me:
Cast your vote for twenty-three!

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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). As a native Buckeye, he is saddened by the fact that "23" was defeated in Ohio in 1912, another amendment was defeated in 1914, and it took until 1923 for the state to catch up with the United States Constitution amendment ratified on August 18, 1920.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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