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2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Before today’s prompt, I just wanted to say thank you to Poetic Asides regular Cara Holman for featuring me on her Poet Showcase series. It’s really an honor, and I always feel so lucky to be associated with so many talented poets. Click here to read the post. For today’s prompt, take the phrase...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. The poem can be about an animal, just reference an animal, or well, however you’d like to handle writing an animal poem. Here’s my attempt: “Horse” What they called me in track, I suppose, because of my speed but also my long hair and steady approach. Many...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sport. Pick any sport you want. And yes, feel free to bend and stretch the rules as far as you wish. Here’s my attempt: “Cross” In horse racing, there are horses that prefer a sloppy track–one covered in mud. My blood always raced faster when we...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, we’re faced with the final Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month, which means we’re faced with these two options: Write a love poem. Write an anti-love poem. Here’s my attempt: “Feelings” In the morning, when we’re stumbling like zombies through taking showers or making lunches, I sometimes vent about how tired I’m...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Somehow, we’ve only got a week left of poeming. So let it begin. For today’s prompt, write a morning poem. The poem can be about the morning, take place during the morning, or however you want to work the morning in. Here’s my attempt: “I Never Hear the Alarm” Always a hand on my...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a judging poem. This is a poem that could be judging others, or it is a poem being judged. I realize there is the opportunity for feelings to get hurt with this poem–so please be mindful of language, subject matter, and personal attacks. (If any lines are crossed, please send...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, write an under the microscope poem. By that, the poem could be about something actually under the microscope–like single-cell organisms or leaves–or it could be more like “being under the microscope” in other people’s eyes. Here’s my attempt: “Blood Work” Every vein, every blood vessel, every electron orbiting its nucleus–I was...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Let’s (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Example titles might include: “Let’s Fly a Kite,” “Let’s Party,” “Let’s Forget About That Last Poem I Wrote That Was a  Little Too Personal,”...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a life event poem. By life event poem, I mean a poem that takes place at or describes a life event, such as a wedding, birth, death, graduation, etc. There are so many possibilities. Here’s my attempt: “Birthday” Every year, you come; every year, I go and do something stupid...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, think of a favorite regional cuisine, make that the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. For instance, you may title your poem something like “Brunswick Stew,” “Deep Dish Pizza,” or “Jambalaya,” though the poem doesn’t exactly have to be about food. Here’s my attempt: “Jambalaya” Just add a...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Today is a Two for Tuesday prompt day. Here they are: Write a science fiction poem. Write a fantasy poem. Here’s my attempt: “Invasions” First, robots, then came aliens with ray guns, more robots, and “coming in peace,” though we couldn’t believe them. *****  

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

(Thanks to Anders Bylund for pointing out that today’s prompt was not categorized–and not appearing on the Poetic Asides blog! Once again, Anders is a life saver.) For today’s prompt, write a mixed up poem. I guess there are a few ways to come at this poem. Your narrator could have mixed feelings about...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

For today’s prompt, use the following five words in your poem: slash, button, mask, strap, and balloon. Use them in any order. Here’s my attempt: “Write/Poem” Clear the balconies and strap your masks on: we have a poem to write slash poem– to carry like a balloon or to wear like a button for...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

For today’s prompt, write a doomsday poem. Some of you may remember the world was supposed to end last year (actually twice last year), but that’s nothing new. Every few years there seems to be a new “end of world” prediction (anyone remember Y2K?). In fact, this year had a movie made after it...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

Before you jump into today’s prompt, please check out this WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka post. Every month or so, I offer a poetic form challenge that usually has a quick turnaround time, but the winning poem and poet is featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. And it’s completely free to...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka

I know it’s crazy to have a challenge in the middle of a challenge, but that’s how I roll sometimes. Why not have a challenge in which the winning poet would be featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest magazine? Why not, indeed. As you may have guessed from the title of this...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Something (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Example titles might include: “Something New,” “Something Strange,” “Something at the End of This Book,” or “Something Something.” Here’s my attempt: “Something Exceptional” the...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

For today’s prompt, pick a season (any season) and make it the title of your poem; then, write your poem. For instance, your poem might be titled “Winter” or “Spring” or “Rabbit Season” (if you have a sense of humor and like Looney Tunes cartoons). Here’s my attempt: “Autumn” even leaves pretend they don’t...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Okay; we’re somehow already a third of the way through April. How did that happen? Today’s “Two-for-Tuesday” prompts are: Write a Forest poem. Write a Tree poem. You can literally write about a forest. Or you can literally write about a tree. Or you can dive right into the metaphor separating the two. Your...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, write a shady poem. I’ll leave the interpretation of this prompt up to you. It could be a poem that includes shadows and/or shading. It could be about a shady part of town or a shady person. Or well, something else. Here’s my attempt: “Shady spot” Beneath every tree is a...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 8

For today’s prompt, write a rejected poem. Despite some acceptances, many of my poems have been rejected for submission over the years–but that’s not quite what I mean by rejected poem. I’m more interested in poems that work the idea of rejection into the poem somehow. This could take the form of a poet lamenting rejection, though...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 7

Wow! Somehow, we’re already a week into this year’s challenge. That seems impossible, but we’re there. For today’s prompt, write a poem describing a scene in which two or more people interact without speaking. Such moments happen every day. Some are happy; some are sad; and some are angry. Here’s my attempt: “Where It Counts” As...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 6

I hope the challenge has been giving you plenty to write so far. I can’t believe I’m already 6 poems deep into April (and today’s poem is probably my favorite up to this point). For today’s prompt, write a hiding poem. You could be hiding. Someone else could be hiding. Something could be hidden....

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

For today’s prompt, write a poem about something before your time. Maybe it’s a certain time in history. Or a type of music. Or a story that was shared by friends or family–before your time. Here’s my attempt: “A Stroll Through Oakland Cemetery” Each mausoleum and tombstone hides away countless stories. From Margaret Mitchell’s...

2012 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

For today’s prompt, take the phrase, “100% (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Example titles might include: “100% Beef,” “100% Cotton,” “100% Awesome,” “100% Etc.” Here’s my attempt: “100% Poem” Start with an incredible metaphor that...