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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 595

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 game poem.

For today's prompt, write a game poem. There are plenty of board games, card games, and trivia games that could prompt this poem. Or you might go the route of video games or sports games. Then, there are mind games, the game of love, and, well, I'm sure several other variations on this theme. So make a game of it and have fun gaming the system of poetry this week.

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 Game Poem:

“association game,” by Robert Lee Brewer

he asks if she's interested
& she replies "no dice"
which reminds him of
the craps tables at casinos
& the roulette wheel which
reminds him of russian
roulette & makes him think
about the 80s & the cold
war & winter & walls
coming down & tears
for fears saying everybody
in the whole world wants
to rule the world & that
always seems a bit like
too many cooks in the
kitchen which gets him 
thinking about the diner
he'd eat at when he was
a kid & wondering if any
other kids would buy packs
of cigarettes from the vending
machines or if it was only him
& then he realizes he's alone.

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