The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us–either in the comments below or silently at home.
For today’s prompt, write a broke poem. The poem could be about a broken record, broken relationship, or someone who is just flat broke (no money).
Here’s my attempt at a broke poem:
“he tells me no”
he tells me no way to tell you
what you’d like to hear it’s all true
the other girl her hands & mouth
knowing when confessions head south
i throw him out & search for glue
this broken heart purple & blue
wanting to ask what can i do
feeling that small twinkle of doubt
he tells me no
there’s no way to prepare this stew
that does not involve crying too
over the loss the need to pout
he is a jerk with a nice mouth
but when i want him to stay true
he tells me no
Writing poetry is exciting, but the hard work of poeming is working through the revision process. The best way to work through this process is to workshop the poems with other poets, and that can be done with the Writer’s Digest 6-week course, Advanced Poetry Writing.
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