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 fresh start poem.

For today’s prompt, write a fresh start poem. Everyone could use a fresh start every once in a while. Maybe a new job (or new project for an old job) or new relationship. Personally, I like to find new music every so often and new (to me) books always. Of course, the fresh start could be related to a mistake or bad situation too.

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 Fresh Start Poem:

“january,” by Robert Lee Brewer

she showed up like the blanket of fresh snow
that never seems to materialize in atlanta
after telling him she needed a fresh start
and maybe she did but maybe she needed
a fresh start with someone else and he’s
standing in his driveway with a snow shovel
and skepticism about future conditions.

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