Poetry Writing Prompt: Love Letter

This week’s poetry writing prompt comes from Kelli Russell Agodon again. This prompt states:

Write a poem that is really a love letter to an old flame. To make sure it doesn’t slip into sappy, make sure one or more of these words are in the poem: dung beetle, politician, nuclear, exoskeleton, oceanography, pompadour, toilet. 

Can someone please explain to my why I keep doing this to myself? What has this website done to me? The problem currently is that I am madly in love with my fianceé, so to even think of a former flame, I laugh at what I once thought was love.

The word pompadour also makes me think of this terrible musical I was a part of in Junior High called Pompadour and Poodleskirts. I can’t find our version on YouTube but here’s one from another school. It’s terrible yet also absolutely amazing:

Anyway, here’s what I came up with for this poetry writing prompt.

You peeled the lawyers away,
You removed my exoskeleton.
Leaving me vulnerable,
And exposed.
I peeled your lawyer away,
I removed your exoskeleton.
Leaving your vulnerable
And exposed.
You ran.
I stayed.
I loved what I saw.
You hated what you saw…
So you claim.
But that is not the truth.
You were scared of the nuclear explosion,
Scared that you showed your soul to someone,
Scared that I would run…
But I stayed.
You’re such a dung beetle.
That’s the last time I will let you sting me.

Well, I was able to slip in 3 words into the poem (4 if you count exoskeleton twice). I think that’s an accurate depiction of my last relationship. We became incredibly closed and commitment sometimes scares people away. But without that experience, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and for that, I couldn’t be happier.