Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 369

For today’s prompt, write a pattern poem. Yes, this is based off today’s prompt number: 3-6-9; the next number would be 12, right? So yeah, there are number patterns, but also patterns in how people act and re-act to situations, patterns in animal behavior, and even weather patterns (I’m sure my meteorologist/storm chasing brother appreciates me mentioning the weather in one of my prompts). Whatever pattern you follow, I hope you have fun.


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Here’s my attempt at a Pattern poem:


I love to sit back and look for patterns
in certain types of tile and wallpaper
as if pursuing a long forgotten
or perhaps never discovered cavern.

When the narrator in Charlotte Perkins
Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper”
sees and helps the woman shake the pattern
from the wall, I wonder if it’s the end,

or signifies it is time to begin.


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). One of his all-time favorite short stories is “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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