Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an On Blank poem.

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “On (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 include: “On the TV This Week,” “On a Collision Course With Destiny,” “On Switch,” and/or “Onward and Upward.”

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 an On Blank Poem:

“On Purpose,” by Robert Lee Brewer

I don’t mean to say these things
that crawl about in the shadows
of you mind like silent beasts
growling and scraping claws
against the branches of your soul,
but the words come out before
I can stop them from the darkness
rushing out all nails and teeth.

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