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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 425

Sometimes life mirrors these poetry prompts. Last week, I had everyone write a sick poem, and I caught the flu. With that in mind, I hope this week's lighter prompt leads to a lighter weekend.

For today’s prompt, write a happy distraction poem. For people used to social media, this would be akin to someone asking for pictures of cats or puppies or babies to help cheer them up. So instead of big, difficult poems this week, let's write poems about the happy, little moments that bring cheer (like cats playing keyboards or babies laughing or puppies chasing their own tails around in circles).

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Here’s my attempt at a Happy Distraction Poem:

“The Super Blue Blood Moon”

The kids would be over the moon
for this lunar event if they
didn't have to wake up so soon

to see the super blue blood moon
in the early morning, and they
might've preferred the warmth of June,

but when they saw it no one swooned
over waking early today
to see a funny colored moon.

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