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 walking poem.
For today’s prompt, write a walking poem. Most people are faced with the prospect of taking at least a few steps each day. But then again, there are those who are not or never have. Yet, it's such a big part of our daily lives that multiple sayings play off the act of walking: "You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk," "walk the line," "walking back a statement," and others. As always, your poem doesn't have to deal primarily with the act of walking, but it can incorporate walking as an element or aside within the poem.
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Here’s my attempt at a Walking Poem:
“at the swim meet”
after sitting forever at the swim meet
i ran over to the concession stand
& ordered a walking taco
which is just a bunch of seasoned meat
dumped into a bag of chips that stands
as an easy way to eat a taco