For today’s prompt, write a bigger poem. I’ve been reading Dahl’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to the kids at night in anticipation of the movie; on the 4th, we watched Jaws (“gonna need a bigger boat”); and I’ve been to Texas a few times (everything’s supposed to be bigger in Texas, right?). Anyway, sometimes even smaller things (like our sun compared to other suns) are also bigger things (like our sun compared to the planets in our solar system). Write bigger this week!

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Here’s my attempt at a Bigger poem:

“big”

They say, “The bigger they are
the harder they fall,” but I’m not
sure who “they” are–both with
the saying & the falling & I tend

to resist generalizations even
when “they” are also “experts,”
because last time I checked,
we’re all just “human beings,”

which is no small thing, but
we’ve shown we’re prone to
hyperbole & to demonizing
people who “we” consider

“they” & that “we” make a
big deal over the stuff that
“they” do that “we” do too
& well we all fall pretty hard.

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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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