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2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

At the beginning of the challenge, there’s a lot of excitement about starting; at the end of the challenge, there’s excitement (and sadness) over finishing the challenge; but in the middle, it’s kind of like the dog days of summer–at least for some. For me, each day is a new challenge. And speaking of challenges, don’t forget to check out my poetic challenge with a $500 grand prize (deadline: May 15). Click here for more details.

For today’s prompt, pick a color, make the color the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. You can make your poem black, white, red, purple, turquoise, puce, or whatever your heart desires. And the subject of your poem can cover any topic–as long as you’ve plugged a color into the title. Let’s do this!

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Here’s my attempt at a Color in the Title Poem:

“onyx”

my father would cover the windows
with heavy blankets the only light

a digital clock that counted slow
the minutes i didn’t have patience

but i knew how to listen and keep
silent i often wonder if he

knew i wouldn’t tell years later when
i did he said he could remember

nothing but admitted it could’ve
happened a decade keeping secrets

and keeping them alone that hurt most
father asking if i loved him and

saying to not tell a secret we
must keep and me wanting to escape

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Today’s guest judge is…

Thomas_Lux_poetThomas Lux

Thomas Lux’s most recent book of poems is Child Made of Sand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). Selected Poems is due from Bloodaxe Books this fall.

He is also the author of several other books, including The Cradle Place and God Particles. In addition to poetry collections, Tom is the author of From the Southland, a book of literary nonfiction.

He holds the Bourne Chair in Poetry and is director of the McEver Visiting Writers Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been awarded multiple NEA grants and the Kingsley Tufts Award and is a former Guggenheim Fellow.

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Poems, Prompts & Room to Add Your Own for the 2014 April PAD Challenge!

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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. The title poem from that collection is about the relationship mentioned in the poem above. Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.

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724 thoughts on “2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

  1. Andrea Z

    Red

    I open my top desk drawer,
    the designated pen drawer
    to make my selection
    for my latest writing session.
    There’s a rainbow of colors –
    big and small pens,
    retractable or capped pens,
    pens with a fine point,
    pens that write thick, like a marker
    blue pens, black pens, purple pens,
    even orange and yellow pens!
    I reach into the drawer
    and choose a red pen.
    Out of them all,
    red remains my favorite ink color.

  2. j.wessier101

    Rookwood Red

    The color of secrets in an era of speakeasies,
    of hidden doors and covert coupling,
    of bobbed flappers, tainted and tinted –

    The color of things better left unsaid,
    of silky unmentionables,
    of stained cheeks and reputations.

    The color of smeared lipstick,
    shaded eyes, and shadier lies.
    And counterpoint to all that deep
    Red – the bottomless Blues

  3. IndiFox

    Favourite Colours

    Mum’s favourite colour is red
    Red like the blood
    Waz coughed up
    When our father forced him to eat
    A full box of cigarettes
    Waz’s favourite colour is green
    Green like the money
    Our father took from Tia
    And never gave back
    Tia’s favourite colour is pink
    Pink like the bacon
    Our father tried to shove down my throat
    When I stopped eating pigs
    At age eight
    My favourite colour is black
    Black like the eyes
    Ian would get from our father
    On the few times he disobeyed
    Ian’s favourite colour is purple
    Purple like the bruises
    We’d see on our mother
    After a disagreement
    With our father
    I’m not sure what our father’s favourite colour is
    But I think it’s blue
    Like the blue tears I didn’t cry
    When he was finally out of my life

  4. kevinwiatrowski

    The long brown cigarettes
    were delicate, lady-like —
    Virginia Slims, or maybe Mores.
    You said they were healthier
    than Winstons or Marlboros.
    You knew better, of course.
    You were a man of facts,
    a man who knew the rules.
    But grammar had less stamina than
    the long brown cigarettes
    that smoldered on deadline
    in abandoned film canisters
    scattered around the newsroom.
    Years later, when the long clear tube
    kept you hooked to the oxygen machine,
    did you think back to all
    the long brown cigarettes
    you’d held pinched between your lips
    as you edited the obituaries?

  5. Benjamin Thomas

    MAN OF MANY COLORS

    Color me black
    and see me fade
    Color me grey
    and bask in my shade
    Color me blue
    and see me wade
    Color me white
    and whiff the purity
    Color me orange
    witness the surety
    of vibrance
    displayed

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