For this prompt you need to write a poem which has a surprise twist.
The poem should be made of four stanzas of equal length – no more than eight lines each.
The twist must be all in the final stanza.
That’s it – no required metre or anything. The rules are easy but the poem could be hard. This exercise is good for focussing on shaping the narrative in a poem.
Here is my somewhat obvious example
Tick Tick The bomb in the mailbox will ensure I do not decorate her finger today the violinist will not play my meticulous planning and our dreams are in vain She is beautiful enough that it takes the witch from her raven hair and turns it sultry I see nothing else as I walk she in glide and flow beside me the melody to my metronome We take a table outside the cafe order a drink and I catch the waiters conspiring wink Once she says yes everything will change in her I can start again Then a surprise message beeps I check the text, which reads "Your device has failed, you are now a target." As I fall I hear her scream begin But never hear it end