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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 538

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 whether poem.

For today's prompt, write a whether poem. It's one thing to talk or write about the weather, but it's something else entirely to write about the whether. That is, whether to do one thing or the other. Or whether to choose option one, option two, or all the options. And, of course, whether to share your poem or not.

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 Whether Poem:

“The Critic”

I don't know whether I am smart
or everyone else is just dumb
when it comes to deciding art.
I don't know whether I am smart
when I fall for something with heart:
though less technical, it just hums.
I don't know where I am smart
or everyone else is just dumb.

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