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Crocodile Skin

My skin protects me from the sun, and protects me from the rain. However the gun, brings me lots of pain. Few know my struggle, few know my battle. They love the by-product, my destiny I cannot duck.

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Writing 201, Day 3: Skin, Prose Poem, Internal Rhyme

Skins aren’t only a human thing: they protect animals, fruit, cheese, and more. For today’s poem, choose whatever meaning of “skin” speaks to you the most.

Today’s form: Prose Poetry

Prose poetry at a glance:

  • A prose poem is any piece of verse written using the normal typography of prose, while style maintaining elements of poetry, like rhythm, imagery, etc.

Today’s device: Internal Rhyme

Internal rhymes can occur within a single line of verse (and in definitely more than 50 ways):

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free

They definitely won’t sabotage your underlying message:

I can’t stand it I know you planned it
I’m gonna set it straight, this Watergate

But they can also make more subtle appearances across different lines, creating echoes and connections that stay with your reader, even if subconsciously:

Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues

In your poem today, try creating some internal rhymes — a device that’s particularly well-suited for prose poetry. You could start with a pair of words that have an interesting connection, and sneak them into your lines. Or you could decide, first, what kind of pattern you’re going for — same-line rhymes? Rhymes that cross from one line of verse to the next? — and go from there.


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