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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 555

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 three-of-a-kind poem.

For today's prompt, write a three-of-a-kind poem. The poem could be about getting a three-of-a-kind in poker or Yahtzee, sure, but it could also be about any number (well, the number three) of other combinations. Triplets, trifolds, tripods, three-legged dogs (or cats), or visiting three cities (or eating a pizza with three toppings?). There are definitely more than three ways to come at this one.

And that includes writing a poem with three refrains (like a triolet) or three lines (like a haiku or senryu). The bop is one more form that plays on three (stanzas).

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 Three-of-a-Kind Poem:

“There's a Perfectly Good Explanation”

The first cat followed the second
around the back of the house
before running into the third.

My sister said she heard them
before running out to shoo
the third cat away with a broom.

The commotion set in motion
our dog chasing the first and second
back around the front of the house.

The third cat watched it all unfold
from a safe distance behind the fence
while grooming herself without worry.

My mother shouted downstairs
asking what the heck was going on
and could somebody get the dog.

That's why I'm in the bushes calling
the dog while all three cats watch
me from the front porch of the house.

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