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2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day. We made it! Tomorrow, we’ll revert back to our Wednesday Poetry Prompts, though I won’t be surprised if quite a few poets take a breather. I’m also hoping to post the wrap-up post tomorrow. So watch for it.

For today’s prompt, which is a Two-for-Tuesday prompt, pick one (or both):

  • Write a finished poem.
  • Write a never finished poem.

Here’s my attempt:

“book”

she closes it
sets in on the window still
& looks outside

the sun’s brightness
frightens her
away from the door

& toward another

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279 thoughts on “2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

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  2. PKP

    At the line finished
    Pounding in ever-more pulse
    The race continues

    IN MY RUSH TO FINISH THE PROMPTS IN A SPEED CATCH UP – I NEGLECTED TO POST THEM HERE :) WELL HAPPY MAY TO ALL – A WONDERFUL APRIL AS USUAL AND YES … I DO AGREE THAT ALTHOUGH OUR ORIGINAL SMALL GROUP HAS EXPANDED TO THE POINT WHERE COMMENTING IS DIFFICULT IF NOT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE – IT IS DELIGHTFUL TO SEE NEW “FACES” AND SHARE IN THEIR EXCITEMENT AND REMEMBER OUR OWN …

    ONCE AGAIN OF COURSE DEEPEST THANKS TO RLB FOR MAKING ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE :)

  3. tunesmiff

    THE SONG PLAYS ON
    ——–
    When it comes to loving me,
    Her every note’s in the right key,
    And our hearts beat together
    In perfect time.
    Sometimes we share the melody,
    But we’re always together, in harmony,
    And we both know
    Each other’s lines…
    So the song plays on,
    The song plays on,
    Our whole lives long;
    The song plays on.

  4. omavi

    Incomplete

    we never said goodbye
    no hug or kiss
    no wave of hands
    no parting quip
    only sign of our parting
    was tears silently shed as time flowed
    never knowing the reason
    why this love refused to work
    never have the completion
    that so many blinded soul seeks
    just left with a nagging voice
    always dwelling beyond hearing

    “why did it come to this?”

  5. Glory

    Eternity

    Cold bones
    chilled to the marrow
    and silence.
    Ears aching for sound
    to penetrate
    where only blackness rules.
    And the pungent smell
    of rancid earth
    half remembered
    in endless darkness.
    An eternity of nothingness
    awaits me, here…

    in this grave.

  6. alana sherman

    More than 30 poems in 30 days!! A chance to look at work and polish rough drafts, take a challenge. What a pleasure to read everyone’s work and get inspiration from you all.This has been anj exciting month. April not cruel at all because of PAD. Thanks especially to Robert.

    1. Finished Poem

    What’s Left After The Wine Is Swallowed

    I miss my father—
    a 200 pound encumbrance.
    When he was alive we couldn’t
    arrive at any understanding.
    My mother could be an albatoss—
    “Every person needs a little polish,”
    she used to say. Still I look for her everyday.
    And, “Oh how like a serpent’s tooth…”
    All those absent cousins, aunts, uncles
    grandparents making demands on my time.
    Now when they are gone for good
    the whole world is like a cupboard
    in which I can’t find a decent snack.

    2. A ditty

    Fast/Slow

    Some people enjoy going fast
    I’m someone who likes slow
    When I walk I look around
    and dawdle as I go.

    While I run or walk or swim
    I never want to race.
    It doesn’t bother me at all
    I’m cheerful with my pace.

    Some friends are speedy rabbits
    I’m an unhurried snail
    You might think I’ve lost my chance
    But I never fail.

    Everyone may pass me by—
    my joy does not diminish
    I do not care if others win
    I’m happy when I finish.

    3. Unfinished

    Philosophy: Everything That Ends, Doesn’t

    You think you’re done for—finished
    can’t write one more line
    can’t plant one more seed
    can’t take one more step
    and so much remains
    the unfinished undoes you

    so you go to sleep
    and in the morning it starts
    all over again

    alana

  7. happys

    Thank you Robert for the great opportunity and unforgettable experience!
    Thanks to new friends for wonderful comments and kind encouragement!
    All the best : )!

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    ~A Never Finished Venture~

    Life is beautiful
    Make it meaningful

    Stay happy
    Stay healthy

    Be pretty
    Be funny

    Keep smiling
    Keep learning

    Life is an adventure
    A never finished venture

  8. THEGingerSass

    Education lap
    -KB

    I actually wrote
    “Changing and saving lives
    is what motivates me
    to be the best educator that I can be”
    on my final teaching philosophy
    because I believe it to be true.
    But nobody ever talks about
    how your biggest motivation
    to pursue the most worthwhile of dreams
    disappears into the 3am sky
    when you’ve been writing
    philosophies,
    professional development plans,
    and unit plans
    for non-existent students
    for hours upon end
    and the finish line
    is within your sight
    if you can just find some way
    to stop time
    momentarily
    so you can battle the procrastination
    standing between you
    and a triumphant victory.
    The race has only just begun.

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