April PAD Challenge: Day 23

After today’s poem, we’ll just be a week away from completion! Can you dig it? I don’t know if you’re the same as I am, but I’ve found doing this prompts actually encourages me to write more during the month. I’ve probably written at least 30-40 first draft poems and/or random lines for poems that aren’t posted on the blog. It’s like each morning’s prompt and poem is a jumpstart to thinking for the rest of the day.

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem of regret. Get creative with this one, but there should be some form of regret either expressed or hinted at (even if ever so slightly). You do NOT have to use the word “regret” in the poem, though it’s fine if you do.

Here’s my attempt for the day:

“The Stupid Things We Do”

Where to go from here:
Keys locked in the car
with her 2-year-old
strapped in his seat and
crying himself red
with her new cell phone
in center console,
she knows she cannot
enter her house with
out breaking windows
or abandoning
her little baby.


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One thought on “April PAD Challenge: Day 23

  1. Anders Bylund

    Repost (see day 14 for for comments)

    "What we have here … is failure to communicate."

    I met a great man
    Speaking at the same conference —
    My first, he’s done thousands.

    Over dinner that night,
    He said he liked my presentation.
    "Can we talk about complexity?"

    Complexity, like in Santa Fe?
    Like evolutionary computing?
    Chaos theory, agent-based economics?
    "Yes. Yes, yes — and yes!"

    Never knew I could have
    So much in common with this titan
    Of business.
    Could longtime hobbies turn into —
    Hell, who knows?
    A foot in the door?
    Fresh, new vistas?
    … a whole new life, scientific?

    All good things must end,
    The dinner way too short.
    A business card pressed in
    An aged but steady hand;
    "I’ll call you," he said.

    Idiot me! How hard would it be
    to ask for a card in return?

    Drop me a line, Mike.
    I’m still waiting.


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