P&W Prompt: 10 Things I Hate About You

Well.  This looks like it could be fun.  Here, from Poets & Writers Magazine, is the next in the series of prompts known as The Time is Now:

Writing an unsentimental love poem can be one of the more difficult endeavors a poet can take on, whether the subject of that poem is a lover, a family member, or friend. Taking inspiration from the popular film 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, write an ode to the aspects of a loved one that downright irk you. How might you use a form of repetition in your poem—like an anaphora or refrain—to build tension and showcase either the unlikable or admirable aspects of this person?  

It just so happens that I have the perfect candidate for this poem.  Here’s the first and only draft:



I mention the plight of the poor, he asks about the budget,

I shout, “that’s unconstitutional!” he says, “Scalia will judge it,”

I send articles from the Times and Washington Post,

He says, “hold on, let’s look at Fox first and foremost,

let’s support our soldiers, our cops, and capitalism.”

I reply: “how about we recycle and buy a used Prism?”

It doesn’t matter what I say or what I do, we rarely do agree,

but he didn’t vote for Donald Trump, and that’s good enough for me!


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