Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 389 - Writer's Digest

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 389

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For today’s prompt, write an improvement poem. It could be an improvement you'd like to see in yourself, in someone else, or in a machine, tool, or whatever else you can think to improve. (For instance, I'd like to see an improvement in how at least some folks are having to comment on this blog.)


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Here’s my attempt at an Improvement Poem:

“Never Ending”

i lose 20 pounds
so i can start running
& the more i run
the more i want to lose weight

& the more i want to improve
other things in my life
like my writing
which always requires more reading

& of course my kids
could always use a little more
of my time & attention
to details

& i'd like to volunteer
with the church & scouts
& the world in general
& it seems like i'm always

looking for the next way
to improve myself
& those around me
& i've given up on finding

my way to a finish line


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). And he believes in the process more than the result, whatever that means.

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