Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 580

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 adage poem.
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For today's prompt, write an adage poem. That is, think of an adage and write a poem inspired by the adage. Or do what I did in my example below and make the adage the title of your poem (before writing your poem).

Not sure what an adage is? It's just a short statement expressing a general truth. Here are a few examples (but you likely know many others and can even create your own):

  • "out of sight out of mind"
  • "a penny saved is a penny earned"
  • "stupid is as stupid does"
  • "if it's not broke, don't fix it"
  • "slow and steady wins the race"

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 With You Poem:

“knowing is half the battle,” by Robert Lee Brewer

the other half doesn't answer when we call

[Note on today's poem: It's a monostich (or one-line poem). Putting an adage in the title and playing around with a one-liner felt right, so try it out if you feel so inclined. After all, "nothing ventured, nothing gained," right?]

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