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 slow down poem.

For today’s prompt, write a slow down poem. Maybe you want to slow down time or the pace of work. Perhaps, you’d like to pay more attention to the world around you. So hurry up and slow down this week.

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 Slow Down Poem:

“Everything That Sings,” by Robert Lee Brewer

As the fire dies in the moonlit night,
I become a tree listening to frogs
and crickets sing praises for the dance
of the fireflies. My entire life is merely
a decade in tree years, but the life span
of a lightning bug is just two months.
Someday they may disappear completely
like you and me and the trees and moon
and everything that sings in the darkness.

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