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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 488

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.

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.

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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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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).

Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)

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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

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