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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 571

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 rules poem.

For today's prompt, write a rules poem. Maybe you're a person who follows the rules, but maybe you're a person who breaks them. Of course, many people like to gently bend the rules. Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, this is your week to take a stand and poem about the rules.

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 Rules Poem:

“Always Right,” by Robert Lee Brewer

every rule has an exception
to the rule without exception
which itself is a paradox
and is, of course, a paradigm
like trying (and failing) to be perfect
and expecting the same of the world
while thinking the world should live
and let live and not give a second thought
to me and mine but i should find
every fault and folly around me
because i'm ultimately the exception

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