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S’More (a poem)

Prompt: Fear is the best teacher

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From the fountain of knowledge
the child imbibes fearlessly
knowing already everything she needs to know
in this moment,
as the first sunset she’ll remember
drops below the horizon,
with her hands outstretched to the fire
then eating a gooey marshmallow —
she spots another white treat,
chubby fingers grab a hot coal and
she learns
for the first time
to fear the flame.

This poem was inspired by a weekly prompt from Promptly Written:
Mixed Messages Fear is the best teacher.” Thank you Christine Graves for the prompt, and Ravyne Hawke for the bonus prompt to write “a micropoem from each of the prompts listed above” in the spirit of House of Haiku, a micropoetry publication who recently closed their doors.

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Casey Lawrence

Casey Lawrence

Casey Lawrence is a Canadian PhD student of English at Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of two LGBT YA novels, Out of Order and Order in the Court.