By Thomas Page

I am student teaching a senior level class in Washington, DC. They have to write some poems on these prompts. I decided to try all 30 of them. However, I will not say what the prompt was but what it number was.

Prompt #17



The tastes of cranberry cocktail bamboozles me

As it skirts on my tongue mixed with ice.

Staining the long academic bibliography

That stretches the length of the gulf coast twice.

The red rubrics, bloodlust of pedagogy

To mark down the grade letters thrice.

The constellation hovers above thee

As the glow of the computer isn’t as nice.

The contradiction of academic writing free

From the cranberry pen forged in Vulcan’s gneiss.

Prompt #18

“Water Bear”


Wherever you may go, there may be a water bear

Who can sun in the brutal heat and bear

The freezing chill all while sitting pretty

Under the microscope in the smaller bitty

Even into the vacuum of space up there.

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