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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 an ekphrastic poem.

For today's prompt, write an ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is any poem that's written as a response to another piece of art. That art could be a painting, a photograph, a sculpture, mixed media, Lego art, etc. So pick a piece of art and poem away.

Tip: If you have no other idea what to do, type the phrase "famous art" (or a variation of this) into Google and then select the Images tab; it'll instantly produce several pieces to consider as your ekphrastic prompt.

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 an Ekphrastic Poem:

“W”

Who, what, where, when, or why
do you define yourself as a W?
Your first letter, the will to be
something better than just two
points at the bottom, three
at the top--an unlimited eye
for the potential in your heart;
that first letter just a better start.

Note: My poem is based on this drawing of a "W" by my 11-year-old Will, who grew tired of his boring W icon for his Zoom calls.

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