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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 545

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 cleaning poem.

For today's prompt, write a cleaning poem. Take out the trash, wash some dishes, or hire someone to do it for you. This week's prompt asks you to get clean with your poetry. Of course, there are many interpretations of the words clean and cleaning, so this poem doesn't need to be a chore.

I hope everyone returns next week for another prompt and in November for our 13th annual November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge.

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 Cleaning Poem:

“Permanent Mess”

Everyone knows there is no way
to clean a mess permanently.
Whether you start in March or May,
everyone knows there is no way
to keep clean what you cleaned today.
New messes are made constantly,
so that one knows the only way
is cleaning messes permanently.

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