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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 458

For today’s prompt, write an ecstatic poem. I've long loved the word ecstatic for its meaning as an adjective describing the feeling or expression of overwhelming happiness. But it's also a noun for a person who is subject to mystical experiences and used as an adjective that involves experiencing mystic self-transcendence. So there's more than one way to come at this poem.

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Here’s my attempt at an Ecstatic Poem:

“backbeat”

that's all it usually takes
or a voice cutting through
the musical scale of notes
in a way i've never heard
& i feel it deep inside me
until i can't keep myself
from tapping my fingers
nodding my head & then
all bets are off & anything
goes in my ecstatic joy

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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 mentioned last week, he loves music to the point that he will sing and hum to himself if there’s no device around already playing it.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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