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For today’s prompt, write a snap judgment poem. Some decisions (many decisions) are made without much thought; these are snap judgments. Sometimes these quick decisions lead to good outcomes; sometimes bad; but we all make them for big reasons and small.

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Here’s my attempt at a Snap Judgment Poem:

“In the News”

Every day, it seems, there's a new reason
to paint a politician with treason,
whether the candidate is red or blue,
extremely experienced or brand new.

Every day, it seems, there's a new answer
to identifying social cancers,
whether the new players are right or wrong,
dress down or sing inappropriate songs.

Every day, it seems, there's a new outrage
tightening the screws and setting the stage
for people to yell and scream and debate,
so I'd much rather receive my news late.

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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). Over the years, he's found that following the news cycle too closely (and making snap judgments off their content) can wear a guy out.

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