2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

I’ve been playing with forms a little this month. It’s something I do when I start to feel a little stuck in my writing. Imposing rules–oddly enough–seems to free me up a bit. So far this month, I’ve written a villanelle, sestina, a couple sonnets, and even a couple haiku on the side. As you’ll see below, I went all triolet on today’s prompt.

For today’s prompt, write a family poem. I’ve actually written a few poems about my family this month already, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to your own family. There are any number of human families, of course, but also animals, insects, and other organisms. Plus, there are “families” of other types as well. As usual, feel free to bend the prompt to your favor.


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Here’s my attempt at a Family Poem:


Tammy asks us all to hold hands
as Will and Hannah lead the prayer
so fast that no one understands
Tammy asks us all to hold hands
and the boys make their food demands
while I start to growl like a bear
Tammy asks us all to hold hands
as Will and Hannah lead the prayer.


Today’s guest judge is…

Scott Owens

Scott Owens

Scott Owens

Originally from Greenwood, SC, Scott holds degrees from Ohio University, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Greensboro. He currently lives in Hickory, NC, where he teaches at Catawba Valley Community College, edits Wild Goose Poetry Review and serves as vice-president of the NC Poetry Society.

His 11th book of poetry, Eye of the Beholder, was recently released by Main Street Rag.

His work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the NC Writers Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC.

Learn more here: http://www.scottowenspoet.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 thinks family is very, very important–no matter what structure that family takes. Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.


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513 thoughts on “2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

  1. taylor graham


    Handmade of sensible fabrics – cotton and wool
    from old trousers and shirts, dresses and rags –
    nothing goes to waste. Sober white and browns –
    walnut and clay, oak and chert, manzanita bark,
    dry-wash sand. Pattern four-square as forebears,
    each square a frame within a larger frame as if
    looking in and out at the same time, but crossed
    by an X of diagonal squares – as families never
    are quite straightforward – the diamonds remind
    me of mountains at the edge of flat, tillable plain.
    Seldom festive. Yet quilting means thanksgiving,
    remembering old scraps of life, making them
    a comfort, squares in squares, a garden plot, each
    stitch a seed. It would be ungrateful to fold this
    quilt in a trunk; ungrateful to past for the future.


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