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Let's Keep Things Light: Creative Prompt

The last poems posted on my blog, prior to today's post, are all serious and intense and powerful. Each one tells a bit of a woman's life, and they are beautifully told.


Today's poem? Not so much.


Ogden Nash wrote short, funny poems (mostly, although he has a few serious ones, and some that are both). He was an American poet who was born in 1902 and died in 1971.

You can read more about him here.


The poem I posted today is one of his longer ones, all of 9 lines!


Your prompt for today is to create something and keep it light. No drug overdoses, domestic abuse, divorce, or death. Focus on the positive, things you are grateful for, and the good people in your life.


If you want to imitate Nash (his types of poems are called Nashers, natch) try and be brief and funny as far as form and topic (if you are going to write a poem). You can also rhyme, especially if rhyming means playing with your words, as Nash did in the poem below:


The Panther


The panther is like a leopard,

Except it hasn't been peppered.

Should you behold a panther crouch,

Prepare to say Ouch.

Better yet, if called by a panther,

Don't anther.


Things have been grim as of late, but you have got to laugh and find some fun. So keep things light this week--it will help you power up to deal with serious matters!



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