Target practice

Day 6, prompt from Writer’s Digest (

“For today’s prompt, write a things-not-as-they-appear poem. Poetry is filled with metaphors, similes, symbols, and layered meanings, so this should be a softball prompt. If you’re struggling, look at your current surroundings, pick an object, and turn it into a metaphor for something. Or think of somebody in the real world (mail person, gas station attendant, etc.) and make up a secret double life for them. C’mon, you can do this.”

For Ace.


Target practice


You are a bow, it’s your job to let go

Every arrow flies all on its own

Just focus and aim, carefully stake your claim

All you launch ends up right where it’s thrown


Don’t look at clocks, when opportunity nocks

You will get a new point with the shaft

Ignore what is past, best not dwell on the last

Every shot makes a new final draft


Sometimes it’s a feather, or maybe the whether

There’ll be something you cannot control

Settle down with your quiver, know that you can deliver

Just by noticing you have a goal


~ Liesl Dineen 2015

What do you think?

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