If we were running uphill for the first half of the challenge, we’d be running downhill from here on out. I know writing is a different process, but yeah, we’re getting through this month. Let’s keep it going!

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) System,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Weather System,” “Solar System,” “Writing System,” “Ecological System,” or any number of other takes on systems.


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Here’s my attempt at a Blank System Poem:

“i don’t have a system”

i don’t have a system that works for me
at least i don’t have one that always works
but i don’t think you can blame the systems

i try sure but i can’t deny that i’m
consistently inconsistent with them
despite my best intentions i’m just not

a person who works well within systems
you can blame it on the rain my lousy
childhood or the ever changing market


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 spends about 5-10 minutes on each of his example poems, and sometimes it shows more than others.

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