Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a pandemic poem.
One strength of our poeming community is our ability to be open and kind to each other. I hope that remains true for this week’s prompt, which I’ve been holding off on sharing until everyone’s had a little perspective on it. Please keep political debates on other platforms. This is where we do our poeming.
For today’s prompt, write a pandemic poem. While writing about a pandemic in large brush strokes is fine, consider focusing your poem on the specific. For instance, the act of wearing a mask, staying at home, or worrying about a loved one. Of course, there are many negative and conflicted emotions caught up in a pandemic, but there’s also room for humor (for instance, Zoom chats) and meditation (a lot of alone time). And while we’re in a pandemic at the moment, feel encouraged to dive into previous (or imagined future) pandemics if you wish.
Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.
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Here’s my attempt at a Pandemic Poem:
So many things I planned to do
won’t come to be this year, I fear.
I try my best to not feel blue
about the things I planned to do,
especially the ones with you,
but all good things in time, my dear.
So many things that we can do
in our future years without fear.