“For today’s prompt, I want you to title your poems “Never (blank)” with you filling in the blank with a word or phrase. Then, write a poem based off your title, which could be “Never look both ways when crossing the street” or “Never blush in public” or “Never ever” or “Never write a poem with the word never in the title.” You get the idea, right?”

I didn’t get around to posting this yesterday, but I can assure you that I wrote it yesterday. (And posted it to the Poetic Asides website.)
The saddest word.
No optimism
no hope for
future change,
no chance at all.
No half-full glass –
the glass is empty
and won’t ever
be refilled.
Without hope,
there is only
and futility.
Never is
such a short word,
to encompass
so much bleak