For today’s prompt, write a normal poem. I know that’s kind of a silly thing to ask, but work with me here. You could write a poem that plays with “normal.” For instance, what makes a normal person? What constitutes a normal relationship? A normal day? A normal poetry prompt? Normal may be about as elusive a thing as a poet can try to pin down.
Here’s my attempt at a normal poem:
Because Wednesday was taken,
and Monday came with a migraine.
Because I get to hear two songs
for each musician, which can be
a good or bad thing. Tuesday.
It rhymes with “blues day.” It’s
kind of an outsider, which makes
it about as normal as a day gets.
Except Thursday sometimes
on the other side of the week
swinging for the fences when
nobody’s paying attention.
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Robert Lee Brewer is the author of Solving the World’s Problems and an editor with the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits books, creates blog posts, writes a column for the magazine, maintains a free weekly newsletter, and lots of other fun writing-related stuff. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one girl). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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