Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 497

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 practice poem.
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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 practice poem.

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For today’s prompt, write a practice poem. As someone who used to be a three-sport athlete, practice was an integral part of my young life. But people can practice their craft outside of sports too in a variety of hobbies, tasks, and professions. In fact, I consider these weekly poetry prompts an opportunity for me to practice my poeming in an otherwise hectic week. Let's practice together.

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Here’s my attempt at an Practice Poem:

“Perfect”

They say practice makes perfect,
but that never works for me,
because as hard as I try,
perfection stays out of reach.

So now I practice trying
to be content with my life
that's perfectly imperfect
like a jagged, rusty knife.