For today’s prompt, write a handheld poem. Whether it’s video games, smart phones, or soft tacos, the world is filled to the brim with things that can be held in one hand (or both). Consider the handheld and write your poem.
Here’s my attempt at a handheld poem:
In one hand, I grip a rolling ball pen;
the other holds a spiral-bound notebook.
The world won’t notice the notice I took,
capturing every quick noun and verb–
as for the adjectives, I try to curb
my enthusiasm (and mostly, I fail).
I anchor images before they sail
into choppy metaphorical seas
of self-conscious lines, rhymes, and similes.
There is a spark and a fire that burns bright,
but when the words come, they never come right.
Still, these two hands will try and try again.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and a poet who usually starts with pen and paper. Outside of his cell phone, his last handheld electronic device was one of those bulky Gameboy consoles (like the first iteration of it with the green screen). His addiction to Tetris forced him to make a decision–either he could sit around in his mom’s basement stacking pixels on a screen or sit around in his mom’s basement breaking lines. Either way, it’s not good money. By the way, check out his collection Solving the World’s Problems and follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
Check out more poetic posts here:
- Annie Newcomer: Poet Interview.
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 254.
- WD Poetic Form Challenge: Sijo. (Deadline: February 23)