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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 role-playing poem.

For today's prompt, write a role-playing poem. While I've never participated in Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, or other popular role-playing games, I find the concept of playing a role very fun and interesting. In fact, many people "play roles" in their everyday lives. So you don't need a PhD in D&D to have fun with this week's prompt. Just be open to the possibility of playing a role.

(Role vs. Roll.)

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 Role-playing Poem:

“A Cloak of Wind and Scales”

In the winter nights, men gather
near fires to discuss the full moon
fog that simmers along the ridge
overlooking the bright valley,
and they whisper about the man
who wears a cloak of wind and scales
that shimmers in the reflected
light of the villages burning
with rumor and superstition
as he collects their hopes and fears.

(Title inspired by this week's fun Story Title Generator prompt found here.)

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