Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 477

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For today’s prompt, write a leap of faith poem. There are so many large and small leaps of faith to be made every day. Each time I make plans to meet someone at a designated location at a specific time, I'm making a leap of faith they'll turn up. Every Wednesday, I make a leap of faith that I'll be able to write a poem--and that you'll get there too!

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By the way, this is the last Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May--as the April PAD Challenge starts on Monday!


Poem Your Days Away!

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Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

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Here’s my attempt at a Leap of Faith Poem:

“the grasshopper”

"& then i'll be dead,"
the grasshopper said.
"& you will die too,"
he told kangaroo.
"So why work & fuss
if death comes to us?"

But kangaroo sighed
& then he replied,
"You may tell the truth,
but die in my youth.
So say what you'll say,
but I still won't play,
because I must give
some effort to live
a truly full life,
maybe with a wife
& a joey too."

Then said kangaroo,
"I will put my faith
in fear of the wraith,
though I'll hum your song
long after you're gone."


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's not sure why he's been writing fables the past couple weeks, but he'll take what comes. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.