Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 459

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For today’s prompt, write a vice poem. If you grew up in the 80s (like me), then the first thought that popped in your head was probably Miami Vice. And if you want to write poems about colorful t-shirts and sports coats, go for it. But vice means immoral or wicked behavior--like dealing drugs or double parking at the grocery store (you know who you are).

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Here’s my attempt at a Vice Poem:

“w + j”

you bring out the selfish in me
the never ending pursuit & want
& i draw out the scribble scrabble
the endless babble from you
both on sale beneath the chestnut tree
bobbing like buoys on the open sea
being what we'd never be
if left alone to our own devices
falling fast into our secret vices
bought & sold beneath the chestnut tree


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He needs to reread Orwell's 1984.

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