Today’s prompt: Take the phrase “The problem with (blank)” and replace the “(blank)” with a word or phrase. Make this the title of your poem and then write a poem to fit with or juxtapose against that title.

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No patience or concentration to edit today.  Here’s my stream-of-consciousness offering.

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The Problem with Dancing Bears

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The problem with dancing bears is that

They’re never there when you need them.

Wouldn’t it be handy if they

Just appeared, as a distraction?

Think of it: when someone asks

A question you wish to ignore,

Grizzlies in tutus suddenly appear.

Some would stop, just to watch the show.

Others, outraged by ursine exploitation,

Would be on the phone to PETA,

Faster than a furry ballerina

Can point a clawed toe.

No better way to change the subject.

But dancing bears

Are inherently unreliable,

Whether due to a previous engagement,

Or simply the desire to not dance to our tune.

So we are left to struggle through

Awkward situations on our own.

The problem with dancing bears is that

They’re never there when you need them.

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