Sometimes the prompts are too specific.
Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Find a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely – just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem.
Write a poem about an animal…Got it.
The Cat Says "Meh" I often wonder What animals think Exercising free will Or running on instinct The smaller the creature The less it has choice I suppose that’s the case What would they say with their voice I can’t see a housefly Trying to have fun But the dog in the park Enjoys fetch and run The birds come to my balcony At the same time each day If I’m late they do tell me I guess they trained me you could say To know their thoughts I could surely wish As Adams quite elegantly put it So long and thanks for all the fish
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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.