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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 602

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 happy blank poem.

For today's prompt, take the phrase "Happy (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: "Happy to See You," "Happy Birthday," "Happy You're Happy," and/or "Happy Now?" Also, feel free to replace "happy" with "happiness." 

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 Happy Blank Poem:

“happy whatever,” by Robert Lee Brewer

sometimes i want to be happy
when i'm not & i will just say
"happy whatever" & that doesn't
usually work the first time
but if i keep at it & think about
the birds chirping & ants marching
& water moving over & under &
through everything then i start
to feel like maybe i will like
the seasons someday be
happy again

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