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 back to blank poem.

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Back to (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Back to School,” “Back to Work,” “Back to Back Baseball Games,” “Back to the Future,” and so on. I admit I was inspired by my kids returning back to school this morning.

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 Back to Blank Poem:

“Back to the Wall,” by Robert Lee Brewer

I’m the sort of person who
likes to be alone with you
but fades right out of your view
whenever there’s more than two
because a crowd just won’t do–
overwhelmed, I bid adieu!

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