2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

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 plus poem. Plus can mean a lot of things, and even the act of addition could equate to subtraction.

Here’s my attempt at a Plus poem:


she forgets the window is there sometimes
& imagines that she wanders the streets
searching for someone to commit her crimes

against true love & poems filled with rhymes
prefering prose to line breaks & metered feet
she forgets the window is there sometimes

she confuses her lemons with her limes
& wishes for a ghost to haunt her sheets
searching for someone to commit her crimes

one plus one is the same as two one times
the glass sweating against the summer’s heat
she forgets the window is there sometimes

as if the dirt of love transforms to grime
& all her memories have lost their seats
searching for someone to commit her crimes

to lift her sheets before breaking her lines
this someone–anyone–for her to meet
she forgets the window is there sometimes
searching for someone to commit her crimes


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296 thoughts on “2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

  1. bjzeimer


    My favorite size in clothing is 1x.
    Cut a little more generously,
    the tops are always frilly
    some with ruffles all the way down
    or pleats all across
    the front with puffed sleeves
    and big flowers in print–
    plus size images of dresses
    I wore when I was a girl,
    when I used to stand up in church
    and recite my piece.

  2. foodpoet

    The plus of minus
    Each day a slip
    Each day I cope
    And look for what is forgotten
    As the mind crumbles
    And no longer feels the pain
    Of eventual nothing.
    I search for anything
    To be used as a mental anchor,
    Only I search and find dryness,
    Voids that cannot be
    Filled with logic and calculation.
    No math can cope with mental slyness,
    The plus of minus.

    Only I come and look
    Deep in eyes hoping
    For recall, I find
    Only the shuttered
    Mind closed to all
    And feel the lash whip
    Of failure as we cope
    With fear and shame
    And watch the mind strip
    Each day, a slip.
    We sit in chairs
    Each alone,
    You locked down in
    Frozen recall,
    I locked down
    And no longer can hope
    For a good day,
    Just glad we are alone together
    And as we spin in a mind kaleidoscope
    Each day, I cope.

    The time comes for departure.
    I hold your hand,
    Rub favorite rose lotion in dry sky,
    Wanting a moment
    Of tactile sense, holding on.
    Fold up your flannel cotton,
    Wipe away tears and look away
    Toward home and peace
    Even as I know I need to listen,
    As I look for the forgotten.

  3. Sharon

    Plus and plush

    I used to be a size 4, back when size 4
    meant something. With vanity sizing
    I can squeeze into a 12,
    but really I’m a plus and petite 16.
    Lush in the hips and bosom.
    It doesn’t look as good on me
    as it does on Sophia Loren.
    I’m only 5 foot tall, she’s 5 foot 9.
    Sophia at 78 looks elegant and sexy,
    I at 68 look like my grandmother.

  4. bookworm0341

    “Me – You in my life < Me + You in my life"

    Your eyes light up my soul
    reflecting everything sunny within-
    a plus.

    Once a cobwebbed corridor of darkness
    the curtains flung open and all the spiders vanished
    exposing all of me
    without a desire to be hidden any longer-
    another plus.

    I just long to tell you everything
    an open book for you to read
    Yet, time only permits so much,
    and you've been reading another book
    other pages, perhaps more pristine,
    a newer addition-
    However, you and I both know,
    there is nothing sweeter than the aroma
    of a book set aside,
    more mature at least in years,
    not content,
    as pages flip-
    a definite plus.

    Dedicated to the man who flips my pages: BTA <3