And now for today’s (optional) prompt! Today, I challenge you to write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does. I think of the “surprise” ending to this James Wright Poem as a model for the effect I’m hoping you’ll achieve. An abstract, philosophical kind of statement closing out a poem that is otherwise intensely focused on physical, sensory details. Happy writing!
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Tell you of her,
Fur so soft, silky, faun,
Course hair ontop, white underneath.
In this posture,
One paw on you always,
Rump on your lap, managed.
Lifting leg, paw,
Access given, sweet spot,
Rounded tummy, furry, blissful.
She’ll stay for hours while you,
Worship her tummy soft, peering up,
Of Northern Dogs,
Around her mischievous eyes,
For blocking out sunlight, arctic light.
When she thinks you’re,
Threatening her pack, protection —
Her job, in her domain, deep bark,
For her treat when,
You’re finished with your lunch food,
She receives last bite and it seems more,
Love a dog shows family,
Cuddling, thanking, and begging,
The way humans,
In her world should love,
Love each other, unconditionally,
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