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 praise poem.
For today’s prompt, write a praise poem. Praise the sun, praise the rain, praise the loud, praise the quiet. For every complaint we have, there is an equal and compelling praise. Find something (anything) to praise and poem the heck out of it today and throughout the week.
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Here’s my attempt at a Praise Poem:
& when your spouse leaves you
along with your truck & your dog
& even your health is failing,
praise those ever constant blues
& the ability to complain.