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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

Today’s prompt comes from Cameron Mathews.

Here’s Cameron’s prompt: Write an opposite poem. That is, write a poem with the opposite perspective, conclusion, or form of a prior poem in the month.

Robert’s attempt at an Opposite Poem:

“Woo to How”

Spill a drink on her best coat
without saying sorry or offering
her your own. Fumble for words
just out of reach, even when
she only wants a hello. Call her
names when others are around
and then curse yourself when
you’re alone. Say anything and
everything but what you mean.

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57 thoughts on “2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 25

  1. heiditoad

    The Human Perspective

    Strip malls go empty and subdivisions unsold, broken down houses sit on streets that unfold
    But move on to the next mile, build newer, bigger, better places
    And then when the land is nothing but concrete empty spaces,
    Shoot the squirrels when they bury their nuts under your deck
    Poison the rabbits when they eat your sugar snap peas or your lettuce,
    Kill the deer so they won’t starve; a cruel, gruesome death,
    Kill the wolves on your farms when they eat your best hen.
    After all, this is our land to destroy and then to defend.

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