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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 534

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 bottomless poem.

For today’s prompt, write a bottomless poem. Some diners may offer a bottomless cup of coffee. If dug deep enough, one may be facing a bottomless hole. And a person's feelings, whether happy or sad, may be bottomless. I'm sure additional interpretations are bottomless as well.

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 Bottomless Poem:

“In this bottomless”

In this bottomless pit of despair,
I found an extra length of hair
from one of those troll figurines
with neon hair, orange and green,
which reminded me of my youth
and losing a very wiggly tooth
that I placed under a pillow at night
for some money to make it all right
so I can spend it all at the store
on lots of candy--I always want more--
and that memory reminded me too
of so many sweet summer afternoons
reading books and writing for fun
under the gentle Ohio sun
until I pulled myself out of the pit
and found my despair had a limit.

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