2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Yesterday afternoon, I posted about the value of poetry (at least in my eyes). Spoiler alert: It’s more than just publication credits and rolling around in hundred dollar bills. In fact, it has nothing to do with either. Click here to check it out and share your thoughts.

For today’s prompt, write a pop culture poem. I guess I broke out the Bon Jovi a day early, eh? But hey, write a poem about Bon Jovi or Van Halen; write a poem about the Kardashians (or don’t–and say you did); write a poem about a popular SNL skit; write a poem about Dr. Who or Downton Abbey; write a poem about any kind of popular culture thing-a-ma-bob you wish. In fact, write three! (Just kidding; you only need to write one poem–but seriously, write three and be sure to add a little more cowbell.)


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Here’s my attempt at a Pop Culture Poem:

“Much Ado”

I wanted to write a poem on James
Franco, but it turned out too obvious,
because he writes his poetry the same
as Jewel, and I’m not the fool who’ll discuss
what is or is not good poetry. My
poems have their own flaws and unspoken
laws of engagement. Shia LaBeouf cried
in his paper bag over Miley’s tongue–
they’re both young, and I do not understand
kids these days [or adults, for that matter
(like I fell asleep and a complex strand
of the ’80s took hold–but it’s sadder,
more self-aware)]. I miss all the good times
when poems were filled with funtastic rhymes.


Today’s guest judge is…

Mary Biddinger

Mary Biddinger

Mary Biddinger

Mary is the author of multiple collections, including Saint Monica and O Holy Insurgency. Her collection A Sunny Place With Adequate Water is due out in May. She’s also the founder of Barn Owl Review.

Mary has received two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Creative Writing for her poetry: one in 2010, the other 2007.

In addition to all this, she also edits the Akron Series in Poetry and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics for the University of Akron Press.

Learn more here: http://www.marybiddinger.com/.


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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He writes by the motto: When in doubt, write a sonnet. Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.


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564 thoughts on “2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

  1. jacq

    Like a Jane Austin Novel by Jacqualine A Hart

    Like a Jane Austin novel
    I have been bewitched
    fallin’ in love without
    warning that you existed,
    ignoring the voices
    of our heart, our bodies
    tango until our pride
    and prejudices set aside to
    cut open our beings and
    bleed as one in an upward
    stream, of lies

    Hiding your other life
    your wife, as Bertha
    hidden away at Thornfield,
    have set my soul in flames
    blackening its shell as my
    inners bubble over in reds of
    desire and lust that is out of
    reach, I depart from this
    maddening spell to find my
    independence, knowing one
    day, I shall return

  2. IndiFox

    Televised Live

    If I forget all my memories
    When I’m old and grey
    Except pop culture
    It won’t be so bad
    I’ll remember all the chick flicks
    My sister Tia forced me to watch
    Disagreeing with my mother’s choice
    To watch Big Bang Theory
    I’ll remember my nephews
    Enacting Family Guy scenes
    And horror movies with my brothers
    From a young age
    I’ll remember Hannibal with my cousin, Bradley
    Adventure Time with boyfriend, Bryan
    And the late nights we had
    I’ll remember my friend Michael’s obsession
    With Game Of Thrones
    And how I refused to get involved
    I’ll remember Mean Girls and Simpsons quotes
    Laughing at American Dad
    I’ll remember Disney movies
    With Tia’s family
    And My Kitchen Rules with my mother
    Ogling over Manu
    I’ll remember afternoons with my nieces
    Watching Peppa Pig
    Adult Swim with my brother Ian
    And just the football with my brother Waz
    I’ll remember the fun night I had
    With Bradley and Michael
    Watching The Room
    I’ll remember super hero movies
    With Ian’s family
    And Bryan’s shock
    When he learned I haven’t seen Lord Of The Rings
    Or Star Wars
    Or The Lion King
    So just remembering the television
    Won’t be so bad
    Because one day those memories
    Might be all I have

  3. Earl Parsons

    Through the Modern Ages

    It’s an oldie but a goodie
    Just an old fashioned love song
    About Jack and Diane
    Livin’ in the heartland
    Livin’ off the land
    Workin’ for a living
    Can’t get no satisfaction
    Workin’ for the man
    Nowhere to run

    Then Jack said to Diane…..

    Hey Laudy Mama
    Let’s live for today
    Gonna’ bread away
    It’s a brand new day
    Come fly with me
    Gonna’ take you higher

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

    © 2014 Earl Parsons

  4. ianchandler

    take on me

    relive the sunny words
    remaining oblivious to their meaning
    never mind that
    everything you love
    will leave
    find the hook and impale your lip
    planted into folly
    dressed in parachute pants and skinny ties
    even though
    it’s not new wave
    it is an old tsunami,
    ravaged with life,
    whose face knows
    what it means to come home

  5. gus

    Day 17: The Impala

    Saving people,
    Hunting things;
    The family business.
    Across the country the Winchesters go,
    Rescuing people
    From that which goes bump in the night.
    Many have crossed their paths,
    And many have died
    Or have since gone their separate ways.
    But one faithful companion,
    Though to hell and back
    Its shiny black chrome has been,
    Has stuck by their side
    Through thick and thin.
    From carrying their weapons
    To driving the Winchesters across the country,
    The impala is always there to help them
    Save people
    And hunt things;
    The family business.

    -Gus Gonzalez

  6. gus

    Day 17: The Impala

    Saving people,
    Hunting things;
    The family business.
    Across the country the Winchesters go,
    Rescuing people
    From that which goes bump in the night.
    Many have crossed their paths,
    And many have died
    Or have since gone their separate ways.
    But one faithful companion,
    Though to hell and back
    Its shiny black chrome has been,
    Has stuck by their side
    Through thick and thin.
    From carrying their weapons
    To driving the Winchesters across the country,
    The impala is always there to help them
    Save people
    And hunt things;
    The family business.

    -Gus Gonzalez

  7. L. Anne Wooley

    By, L. Anne Wooley

    I miss the days when
    “Video killed the radio star”
    when Madonna first crossed that

    When everything was possible;
    we were the kids who believed
    we could “…rule the world.”

    MTV began
    revolutionizing the way
    we listened to music;
    through our eyes
    as well as our ears.

    I was between two generations
    Baby Boomer and X,
    feeling part of neither.

    It was a time of naivete
    and thinking I was “Old and Wise.”
    Before life knocked me down

    Looking back across the years,
    I realize that things were simpler.
    Those were my “Glory Days.”

  8. JRSimmang


    at once recognizing
    self-respect replaced by
    and seeing
    (what is that?) pride
    on a mother’s face.

    -JR Simmang

  9. emmaisan0wl

    Galaxies Of Ice And Fire/ A Song Of Daenerys And Drogo
    he was born in the heart
    of a star; 25 million degrees
    burning through his veins.
    she, the cold satellite rising
    as he blazed through the fire signs,
    began to smoulder slowly –
    began to ignite –
    began to fear the supernova.

    but the billions of years from
    nebula to white dwarf to black dwarf
    condensed into hours.
    too close to the sun, yet
    unburned, she rose
    from the grave of the galaxies
    and will not be so kind
    as to incinerate only the sky.

  10. Connie Inglis

    The Hunger Games

    The entertainment world is a-
    buzz over the
    dangerous plight of
    Katniss and Peeta,
    witnessing their creativity, strength
    and intelligence in
    hunger game.

    Meanwhile, the real world is a-
    numb to the
    meaningless plight of
    near one billion starving,
    witnessing war-torn conditions, weakness
    and hopelessness in
    being defeated by
    hunger game.

  11. Angie5804

    A Pop Culture Ditty

    Culture that pops might just explode
    With reality and Daily Shows

    There’s Gilligan and Spiderman
    Captain America, Batman

    HBO, Saturday Night Live
    Sponge Bob, Mad Men, all those Housewives

    American Bandstand, Dick Clark
    The Brady Bunch and Marky Mark

    Netflix, Redbox, and Jeopardy
    Facebook and the Paparazzi

    Take Friends to Cheers or Hollywood
    Visit Hogwarts or Bollywood

    Sabrina and Harry Potter
    They’ll just have a sparkling water

    Huxtables, Simpsons, and Bewitched
    The Voice, Idol, falsetto, pitch

    Amazon, eBay and Google
    Popsters are so far from frugal

    Anime, Disney, on and on
    Your turn now, I pass the baton

  12. LeighSpencer

    The Meanest Thing

    My ex-husband
    had a way of belittling me


    I don’t suppose he was trying to be gentle
    he just spoke
    with a tight economy of words

    So many barbs

    But I will never forget
    that afternoon

    I was musing
    about the magical universe
    created in the pages of Harry Potter

    when my owl might finally arrive
    and what Snape looked like naked

    When I must have said aloud

    “Wouldn’t it be great if Hogwarts were real?”

    Without looking up from his paper
    he sneered

    “Maybe it is and you’re a muggle.”

    That was the meanest thing
    the Dementor
    ever said to me

  13. David Walker


    What? Cowbell? Will that be
    the difference between cold
    sweats all night and peace
    for the first time in ages?

    I’d like to say I believe you,
    Chris. I mean, you have been
    an engaging comrade – who
    can forget your dedication

    smuggling that watch out
    of Dodge – but I have to say
    I don’t think that tink, tink,
    tink, has the medicinal

    qualities you claim it to have.
    You’re telling me that all
    those Civil War surgeons
    had to do was call their army

    band’s percussion section
    over and have them bang
    as hard as they could. I’ll
    concede that music may

    well be the food of love,
    but I’m hard pressed to say
    it’s the salve of life.

  14. lethejerome


    Convince me; do your best,
    Be Jimi Hendrix.
    Make me feel your life your living,
    Reach me in the silences in the ringing of chords,
    Leave images leave fire and leave some death
    So I may find you again.
    Do your Pink Floyd best,
    Stretch out what deserves to be felt,
    Reach me in the elevation of sound into a wake,
    Leave the absence of faces and leave out the ending of notes
    So I may join you again.
    Convince me!

    Jérôme Melançon

  15. horselovernat

    According to the Movies by Natalie Gasper

    It’s become a way of life for most
    to obsess over the latest cinematic wonders,
    twitter stalk their favorite actors
    and spend all their free time creating fan websites.

    Alas this life is no good for me!
    In trying to see the new Captain America
    I lost my way, twice, to the theater.
    Upon arrival, the man at the parking garage
    informed me that I shall not pass without a ticket
    bought in advance. Fools.

    Braving the sidewalks on my way inside
    I caught sight of a Jackson in a sewer;
    not all treasure is silver and gold, mate,
    and all that is gold does not glitter.
    When I stepped over to grab it
    I stepped on an ant who had no chance to quarrel
    with my boot, poor thing.

    Finally seated, now time for the previews.
    The usual, with a spy on a tall bridge over a highway.
    I wonder if he has that feeling one gets when standing
    in a high place, the sudden urge that makes him want to jump?
    His motives are either madness or brilliance, the plot
    more remarkable if those two traits coincide.

    As the climax arrives a stray bullet gets its mark
    causing a beloved character to die, probably in the hands
    of someone he thought was worth melting for.
    He breaths his last breath, and leaves the girl
    wondering how things might have gone differently.
    Surely the past can hurt, but the way I see it,
    she can either run from it or learn from it
    (and with no gun, the former is inevitable).

    In the final hair raising moments, the villain mocks
    the hero for not trusting the dishonest man, the one
    he should have known to trust because one can
    always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest, honestly.
    Not one to fear death, he manages the impossible
    and hopes someone saw because
    he will not be doing it again.

    Happy I can finally leave the theater and all
    its predictability behind, I walk as though I
    am burdened with glorious purpose because
    I stayed out past my curfew.
    Accepting that I will punished for arriving late,
    I simply let it go.

  16. larrywlawrence

    Sunday Nights on HBO

    Meet me in the living room, it’s almost nine.
    You know where to find me, I’ll be in my chair

    The weekend is over, but it’ll be fine.
    Others think about Monday, but I don’t care.

    Tony Soprano had to bump off his friends,
    but we don’t know if he got it in the end.

    Dick Winters, Nixon, Guarnere- Band of Brothers
    greatest generation, braver than others.

    Stringer Bell, cops couldn’t get him on The Wire,
    in the game until Omar opened fire.

    Nucky gives orders, runs his Boardwalk Empire
    greed, corruption, a professional liar.

    Game of Thrones, poor Rob Stark, rotten King Joffrey
    found out weddings are deadly places to be.

  17. suddenleigh

    Poke’ Paradise

    Imagine if
    We really could
    Leave home at ten
    With a creature-y friend,
    Like Ash Ketchum
    And his yellow electric mouse-type.
    If the world was full
    Of fire-breathing, psy-beaming,
    Ice-shooting, tackling,
    Biting, scratching
    That you could befriend
    And love
    And lead a life around.
    Something that could change
    Like butterflies (or was it butterfrees?)
    Into something different
    If you cared for it enough.
    What would you choose
    To do in life
    If every day
    Was a journey?
    That would be nice.


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