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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 613

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 dad poem.

Last month, we wrote a mom poem for Mother's Day; so this month, with Father's Day upon us...

Let's write a dad poem. While not everyone gets (or even wants) to be a dad, everyone has a dad. On gift card holidays like this coming Sunday, the father is celebrated. That said, not everyone knows their dad, and some wish they did not. For many, whether they get along or not, the relationship can be very complicated. So explore that experience today.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming, by Robert Lee Brewer

Write a poem every single day of the year with Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-a-Day: 365 Poetry Writing Prompts for a Year of Poeming. After sharing more than a thousand prompts and prompting thousands of poems for more than a decade, Brewer picked 365 of his favorite poetry prompts here.

Click here to learn more.

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Here’s my attempt at a Dad Poem:

“Fatherhood,” by Robert Lee Brewer

When I sit down with a really nice journal,
I don't want to write in it, especially with ink,
because I'd hate to ruin something so precious,
so I sit and rack my mind for the perfect thing 
to communicate (all the while doing nothing,
because I want what I do to be perfect) and then,
when I finally have it (so much time has passed),
I realize that someone has taken the journal
and scribbled all over it in any way that they
wished and that there's no longer any space
for me to make even the simplest of marks.

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