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Poems don't have to rhyme, but they can do. Writing a poem is like painting a picture with words. You will need to use figurative language and express images with words.
"Sweat puddled in the shelves of his furrowed brow; excitement, fear, and tension shortened his breath. Hope harder to come by now, like a tightrope walker carefully traversing the gaping jaws of doom."
Whereas a rhyming poem might involve the following phrases:
A furrowed brow, my hope is weak;
a tear of sweat crawling down my cheek.
Heart is pumping, chest is tight;
I fight to stay calm with all my might.
This is an exercise of creating images and emotions with words. There are lots of different styles of poetry. The main goal is to have fun!
One room. Humid. Waiting.
Like waiting for a fight; like waiting in a ring.
Tense, drumming clock. Throbbing seconds, throbbing neck.
Imaginary crowd, baying for blood.
Blood flowing, brain swelling.
Room closing in, courage walking out.
In steps the law: male and female.
Strong, sure, near perfect record. Intimidating.
They hold the belt, they are the champs.
So many before have fallen at their feet.
So many were sure, so many met defeat
Can I withstand their blows? Will I still be standing at the bell?
Throat tenses, I gulp down saliva. Sweat beads on my brow.
What happens now?
What happens now?
Thoughts swirling… I’ve done nothing wrong.
But it won’t be long till I sing their song.
Questions teasing, questions gnawing.
Scratching for memories… memories fading.
More questions leaning on my brain.
More questions causing me such a strain.
A little more tense now.
Intense inquisition, a parry and a cross;
An uppercut, a jab…
"That suitcase is yours", they say.
"We found it at the scene."
Haymaker. Blood drains. Face feeling cold.
Imaginary crowd roars as I slump my head.
Speech slurred: “But, but…!”
I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know what to do…
They stand over me. Satisfied with their victory.
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