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 “On (blank)” poem.
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “On (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and write your poem. Possible titles include: “On Point,” “On Target,” “On and Off,” and “On the Last Day of School.”
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Here’s my attempt at an On Blank Poem:
“On the Past”
“On the past,” she says, “I don’t care
who was wrong–only how we move
from our sad here to happy there.”
“On the past,” he says, “I do care
who was wrong and whether it’s fair
to move on from our funky groove.”
“On the past,” she says, “I declare
you were wrong, and now, I should move.
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Author: Robert Lee Brewer