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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 532

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 leaping poem.

For today's prompt, write a leaping poem. Okay, so there are a few ways to come at this prompt. First, you could write about somebody making a leap of faith or leaping over a creek or candle or something. But I'm also thinking about the concept of leaping poetry in Robert Bly's Leaping Poetry book, which refers to poetry making "leaps" in logic. Use metaphors and don't be afraid to jump from one idea to the next and let readers fill in the gaps.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Here’s my attempt at a Leaping Poem:

“Ahab”

On the rooftops of London, he watched the sun set
before diving into the ocean to hunt whales
without any hands. The fog covering the night
in cats and sadness pressed upon the dark city
a gift of ambiguity. He flew straight through
the flue becoming a flute sending deep blue notes
to the children waiting for chocolate chip rain
with their umbrellas closed and their mouths wide open.

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