For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, take the phrase “(blank) Me,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Tell Me,” “Forgive Me,” and/or “You’ve Got to Believe Me.” Of course, feel free to bend the rules and have a title like “Home Sweet Ho(me)” or “Pick a The(me).”
Pens and Me
I try not to bring home souvenirs from my travels.
I don’t need any more crap cluttering the apartment
but I rationalize these over-priced commemorative pens
as a reasonable expense for a poet.
I already have too many. My pen from Berlin
is fifteen years old— the football on top,
yellowing with age. It’s ink might turn to dust
before I use it to write a poem.
I haven’t actually used a pen in over a year
except to sign a couple of paper checks.
I’m sure these plastic trinkets will survive me.
Might as well leave them in my coffin,
so that if I’m ever excavated by alien
archaeologists, they’ll know where I’ve been.