Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 337

The past few weeks, I’ve been able to share recently published poems with the week’s prompt. That’s been fun, but all I have to share this week is that I’ve received some new rejections. However, that doesn’t get me down, because I know rejection is part of the process. Time to get more submissions out.

For today’s prompt, write a persona poem. Susan J. Erickson wrote a great guest post on persona poems yesterday. In persona poems, poets write from the perspective of someone (or something) other than themselves. For instance, write a poem narrated by Ronda Rousey, Ron Burgundy, or a Bob Ross painting (yes, inanimate objects are fair game too).


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Here’s my attempt at a Persona poem:

“my name is bob”

& i paint happy little trees
happy evergreens & creeks
that snake out of mountains
under happy little clouds

reflected on the surface
of a soothing little lake
& my happy little brush
dabs the colors to canvas

& my voice soothes
like the lake like the sound
of a brush crunching
& painting is a joy


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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