99 word prompt : I’d rather be writing bad poetry

February 21, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “I’d rather be…” You fill in what comes next. What would a character(s) rather be doing and why? How can you use the phrase as a literary device? Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link: Carrot Ranch

And, YES, you’re supposed to laugh at really, really, really bad poetry — or groan.  Your choice.


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I’d rather be great than late.

I’d rather be strong than long.

I’d rather have wings than sing.

I’d rather be right than wrong.


I’d rather be selling my books,

Than lying around in my bed,

Except for the fact I’m still very weak,

It’s better than if I were dead.


So now it’s time to start living,

To write, to walk… to pray

I’ll have at least one more tomorrow,

without wanting to have yesterday.


I’d rather be living each moment,

With expressions of kindness, and grace.

Illness has taught me to honor

The wonder of living in space.