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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 496

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an absent 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 an absent poem.

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For today’s prompt, write an absent poem. Whether excused or unexcused, absences are often considered kind of a big deal for most people, which may reinforce the importance of our collective presence. Sometimes an absence can send off a red flag of worry. Other times, it can cause annoyance. And for the absent person, it can sometimes mean a fun day of playing hooky or going fishing.

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Here’s my attempt at an Absent Poem:

“absent minded”

sometimes
i admit
my body
is here
but my mind
is not

from time
to time it
takes its leave
i fear
just to find
a thought

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