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The Gift of Positivity: Poetry Prompt

In the poem I posted today, William Stafford wrote:

"Will you ever bring a better gift for the world

than the breathing respect that you carry

wherever you go right now?"

He has a poem titled, "The Gift," and mentions gifts in many other poems. These are not gifts that are tangible or material things, but gifts of the things that really matter: contentment, forgiveness, self-awareness, a sense of right and wrong, etc.

For this week's prompt, start your writing with an attitude of positivity. Write about a gift. But--as Stafford did in his sonnet--surround your intangible with concrete images and ground your poem. Don't lecture or chastise; rather, have the reader find her/his own way by using questions, gentle instruction, or metaphor.

Have fun!

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