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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 562

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 spring poem.

Before we get into today's prompt, I just want to mention that this will be the final Wednesday Poetry Prompt until May. In April, we'll be doing the 14th annual April poem-a-day challenge (guidelines here), and starting Monday, we'll be doing the 2nd ever April poem-a-day countdown challenge (announcement here). So if you're feeling up to it, start poeming every day on Monday.

For today's prompt, write a spring poem. The first day of spring is Saturday, and I'm seeing all the tell-tale signs of the season around me here in Georgia: flowers blooming, birds twittering, and even bees buzzing. And, of course, we adjusted our clocks this past weekend (still getting adjusted to that).

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Poem your days away with Robert Lee Brewer's Smash Poetry Journal. This fun poetic guide is loaded with 125 poetry prompts, space to place your poems, and plenty of fun poetic asides.

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Here’s my attempt at a Spring Poem:

“mulch,” by Robert Lee Brewer

every march, i march to the store
& load up on mulch & consider
all the landscape projects i might do
that i rarely do, but still, in march,
there are so many possibilities & the sun's
not too hot yet & even if this year is
like last year there's always next year
& the ones after lined up like trees
that need a fresh coat of mulch,
which may not be much, but it's a start.

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Also, busy week, I recently updated my poetic forms list on the site. Click here to wander through 168 poetic forms for poets.

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