Today is the final “Two for Tuesday” prompt of November. Let’s make the most of it. Here are the prompts:
- Take the phrase “Free (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might include: “Free Bird,” “Freedom Isn’t Free,” “Free Offer,” etc.
- Take the phrase “(blank) Free,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles might include: “Fat Free,” “Stone Free,” “How to Be Free,” etc.
Here’s my attempt at a Free Blank and/or Blank Free poem:
“We’re at war, and we’re not giving up.”
Every evening, they skitter ashore,
invade the mudflats in search of soft shells.
The entire army of green crabs hunkers
in the channels by day and wait for night.
As big as my thumb, the crabs come–claws out–
for their yummy clams. We have to fight back
with our crab traps, and clammers can jam
them into buckets–turn crabs into green
profits (for instance, lobster bait, pet food,
or food additives). If nothing else, we
can compost the little green devils, send
them back to wherever they all belong.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, and he’s been enjoying the process of researching his poems a little before composition. For instance, this prompt forced him to look up cities with the word “free” in them. Then, he looked up the local news stories to finally arrive on the attack of the green crabs (click here to read the story). He loves that the person claiming to be at war with the crabs has the last name of “Coffin.” Robert is the author of Solving the World’s Problems and can be followed on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
Check out a couple more poetic posts here:
- 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25. Yesterday’s prompt.
- Getting a Poetry Collection Published. My experiences.