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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 513

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 puzzle 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 puzzle poem.

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For today's prompt, write a puzzle poem. Your poem can be about putting together a puzzle, figuring out a puzzle, or puzzling your way through a tricky situation. Physical puzzles, of course, are welcome, but so are psychological and emotional puzzles.

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Here’s my attempt at a Puzzle Poem:

“Strategy”

I always start with edge pieces
before moving to the inside.
Maybe because the edge teases,
I always start with the edge pieces.
Thinking that all order ceases
if I can't firm up the outside,
I always start with edge pieces
before moving to the inside.

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