Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 575

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 safe poem.
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For today's prompt, write a safe poem. That's right; I want you to write a poem about a safe (preferably with your combination for the safe). Just kidding, but it's OK to write a poem about a physical safe or an object in the safe. However, there are so many other ways to interpret and use the word "safe," some of which are safe and others may be dangerous. So throw caution to the wind or look both ways, and then, write your poem.

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 Safe Poem:

“Safe Writing,” by Robert Lee Brewer

As I sit alone at night,
I wonder what is safe to write:
probably nothing about sex
or drugs or most violence.
I should maybe stay away
from farts and burps and gas today;
plus, nothing too personal will do
or anything that's too untrue.
So what the heck is safe to write,
I wonder in the empty night.
Perhaps, I really should give in
and put away my Pilot pen,
because every thought is fraught with strife
with nothing safe to save my life,
but then, I think this must be wrong
and start to write a brand new song
for people I know and for strangers,
forgetting safety in search of danger
that goes down alleys and back ways
in brightest nights and darkest days,
whether your'e a friend or stranger,
I propose we write with danger.

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