Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 323

For this week’s prompt, write a hesitation or hesitant poem. I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant to use this prompt, but that hesitation, in a way, signaled to me that I should go ahead with it. After all, aren’t our lives filled with hesitations–large and small?


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Here’s my attempt at a Hesitation Poem:


It’s easier to count up than
count down. Except when it’s harder,
or when you’re unsure of context:

I know how to go up and down;
I know how to go all around;
but why? I pick up sticks and get

my kicks, but what good is it if
I don’t have a reason to dream?
When she admitted, “I love you,”

there were no seconds or heartbeats,
no pause to consider or count,
between saying, “I love you too.”


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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