For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Getting (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 might include “Getting There,” “Getting Paid,” “Getting What I Want,” and so on. Of course, I won’t say anything if poets decide to cut the -ting off the word “getting.” Whatever gets you there.

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Here’s my attempt at a Getting Blank poem:

“getting ready”

get out my paper
& set up my pens
read a new poem
& read it again

look out the window
think about the day
start to write a line
don’t know what to say

i shuffle paper
rearrange the pens
read a new poem
& read it again

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He believes in both preparation and spontaneity. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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