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 so blank poem.

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “So (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “So Far So Good,” “So Over You,” “So So,” and/or “So That’s What You Call It.” I’ll also allow other words that begin with “So-” like: “Soul Food,” “Solitary Confinement,” and/or “Sophisticated Poet.”

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 So Blank Poem:

“So Now What,” by Robert Lee Brewer

like moths we followed the light
drawn in by the sounds of youthful
energy and music and conversation
and honestly we had no plans or
expectations but now that we’re here
and able to hear only the music
without the sound of our own voices
the choice is clear that we should
adhere to clearing on out of here
to somewhere near enough to feel
alive and hear the clear thoughts
we all hold so near and so sincere

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