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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 548

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 historical poem.

For today's prompt, write a historical poem. Your poem could be about a famous moment in history or historical person. Or it could be a personal piece of history. Or something completely made up, but in the past.

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 Historical Poem:

“Three Boys Running”

Three boys ran beside the Great Miami River
laughing up a storm when the wind caught hold
of a piece of paper and sent it skyward. From below,

the boys watched its ascent and thought their separate
thoughts: Wilbur saw his lack of ambition pushing away;
Orville recognized the shadow cast; and Paul saw only

the mask we all wear and the dreams we harbor.

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