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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 626

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 Give Blank poem.

For this week's prompt, take the phrase "Give (blank)," replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: "Give a Good Effort," "Give Me Your Attention," "Give to the Poor," and/or "Give This Prompt a Chance."

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.

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Here’s my attempt at a Give Blank Poem:

“give me a moment,” by Robert Lee Brewer

give me a moment to settle in place
and relearn the shape of outer space
as planets spin and duck and wander
through gravity and endless dark matter

give me a moment to understand
nothing more than the feel of your hand
and the softly beating pulse within
that burns across my yearning skin

or perhaps something else now unknown
waiting to make my simple mind blown
by every moment spinning like life
on the edge of a universal knife

give me a moment and maybe a clue
about the constellation of you
that i find i must study every night
and still i never get it right

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