November Poem-a-Day: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write an explanatory poem. Back when I took dozens of creative writing courses in college, the mantra was, “Show, don’t tell.” Well, today’s prompt is sort of different–in a way–in that it’s a tell poem, or explaining poem, though how and what you explain may vary a great deal.


It’s better if I just show you
But you refuse to leave your house
And all I have are words
So I’m sitting here wondering
Just how I can make you see
The brush marks in paint
Or the look in a new lover’s eye
Or the way your children’s shoulders slump
While they wait for you to see.
I sometimes wonder what good
These words can do at all.

~ Liesl Dineen 2014

What do you think?

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