Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a waste poem.
For today’s prompt, write a waste poem. Maybe the poem is about wasteful spending or toxic waste. Or maybe your poem deals with a wasted moment, which could be a bad thing...but also a good thing if you're wasting time in the right context, right? Of course, the poem could also include waste that is recycled or re-used in a positive way too.
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Here’s my attempt at a Waste Poem:
Lay waste to the days of summer to come
and let the endless beat of summer hum
like a band that plays with or without drums.
We will fall into the heart of the heart
of our souls and praise our falling as art
even if it's only a remnant part
of a dream we dreamed in the beginning
when love was a fun game we were winning,
clasping our hands and kissing and grinning.
We fell and fell as a matter of taste
in and out with a foolish sense of haste
because time's always better when we waste.