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For today’s prompt, write a betrayal poem. Many people may be able to conjure up several moments when one person betrayed another--both in real life and fiction. But sometimes our bodies betray us, our words betray us, and well, sometimes we sabotage (or betray) ourselves.


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Here’s my attempt at a Betrayal Poem:

“Be Nice”

Be nice, sweetheart, be nice--
your lips betray a smile,
and a kiss will suffice:
Be nice, sweetie, be nice.
You know, I've no malice
for you or for your wiles.
Be nice, sweetheart, be nice--
your lips betray a smile.


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