2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

(Okay, going to try this again. Maybe the prompt and poem will take this time. I tried more than 6 hours ago, and they didn’t.)

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the well wishes! (If you’re
interested in Christmas music, check out my personal blog.) Since I’m still up,
I figured I’d get an early start on today’s prompt and poem.

today’s prompt, write an “on the run” poem. You can decide who or what is on the
run and what might be causing them to run. For myself, I had to link today’s
poem to my poem yesterday. But you can run in any direction you

Here’s my attempt:

“The aftermath”

A turkey can never
really rest
even after surviving the guests
when Thanksgiving is
because there’s Christmas too
and hungry mouths that crave turkey


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104 thoughts on “2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 26

  1. S.E.Ingraham

    Escape, There is No Escape

    There was no recalling when it was he first began
    Trying to run away; not from home, he knew when
    He started leaving home, he was still in grade school

    The walls would start to close in and he would first
    Put his fist through them, then split, just take off
    But no matter where he went, nor how far away

    There never seemed a way to put enough distance
    Between him and whatever was chasing him;
    It took him a long time to realize that he was running

    From himself and there would never be any getting
    Away from that, would there, no – no escaping himself
    It would be laughable if it wasn’t so scary and so sad

    His sister seemed to understand if no-one else did
    She said she had been on the run a good part of her own
    Life and from the same demons, but she was quick

    To remind him of the rocker Jim Morrison’s adage,
    “No-one gets out alive,” he’d said, referring to life;
    They both agreed it was philosophical but no answer.

  2. Monica Martin

    Have you ever seen a headless
    turkey running down a street?
    That’s what happened to our
    bird Thanksgiving morning. It
    broke out of the oven, and we
    joined single fathers and
    other turkey burners at
    a local Denny’s.

  3. Jeanne Rogers

    November 26, 2010

    Running To or Fro?

    She steps
    over the threshold,
    a paper tiger pawing
    close behind.
    The real imagined,
    imagined twined
    with a mystic sonata
    of measured sound
    lifting her on wings
    from Daedalus,
    feeds her longing for sky
    and the middle way,
    riding on air.