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 yesterday poem.

Wow! It feels like it was only yesterday that we were poeming every day, and here we are in a new month picking back up on the weekly prompts.

For today’s prompt, write a yesterday poem. So a couple possible entry points exist for this one. First, the poem could literally be about something you witnessed yesterday (while shopping, driving, watching television, etc.). Second, it could play off “yesterday” being more of a nostalgic expression, and the poem could be about something in your more distant past. Of course, feel free to find another secret entry point if you can find one.

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 Yesterday Poem:

“Yesterday,” by Robert Lee Brewer

We stood on the side of the road
and listened to the other cars honk
as we waited for the police officer
to complete his accident report.

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