2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

Heads up: After posting tomorrow morning’s poem, I’m going to be headed up to Ohio to visit my two oldest sons for their Spring Break. I’ll still be posting poems and trying to keep an eye on things, but I won’t have access to my regular F+W e-mail–and really, I’m going to be devoting most of my time to my children. If any issues come up, e-mail me at robertleebrewer@gmail.com, but I’m sure everything’s going to run smoothly and the poems are going to continue flying.

For today’s prompt, write a vegetable poem. I once wrote a poem titled “Tomatoes,” and that would count. If you want to write a poem about a specific vegetable, go for it. If you want to write a poem that just has a vegetable mixed in somewhere, go for it. If you want to praise or curse vegetables, go for it. If you want to play with the idea of vegetables, including a vegetable mental state, couch “potato,” and so on–well, you know, go for it.


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Here’s my attempt at a Vegetable Poem:

“be mine”

be my bell pepper, my sweet pepper,
my i-need-to-eat-you-up pepper
filling my life with color and flavor

be my onion, my georgia vidalia,
layered down to the core and drawing
the tears out of my eyes for wanting you

be my tomato, whether red or green,
cherry or roma, grown here or barcelona,
allow me to bask in your aroma.


Today’s guest judge is…

Denise Low

Denise Low

Denise Low

Denise Low, 2nd Kansas Poet Laureate, is author of 25 books, most recently Jackalope Walks into an Indian Bar (forthcoming); Melange Block (Red Mountain Press); Ghost Stories (Woodley, a Kansas Notable Book; The Circle-Best Native American Books); and Natural Theologies: Essays (Backwaters Press).

Low is past president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs board. She blogs, reviews, and publishes Mammoth Publications. She teaches professional workshops as well as classes for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. She has British Isles, German, and Delaware Indian heritage. Her MFA is from Wichita State University and Ph.D. is from Kansas University.

Learn more at www.deniselow.net.


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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.

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959 thoughts on “2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 5

  1. Alemonlot

    Any day for the perfect avocado

    If I said I was in love with an anchor, it wouldn’t mean anything, because it always happens that way. That’s what anchors do. Once in port, you are free to roam the mainland, in the perfect liquid sun, shuffling through a handful of postcards and already reminiscing. At lunch, the menu reads in more than one language, but it doesn’t matter, you have too much heart in your belly. You fake everything to act normal, because all you think about is sinking deeper and how your foot is an amazing appendage and laughing at it, because nothing else is so delicate and free. Delight has never been this impartial. When the avocado and tuna salad you ordered appear, you think, how simple, I can make this at home. You barely even notice he is there, pulling you down. The fruit as soft as cloud, why isn’t this blue? You are going down, you will break for sure. It tastes like nothing but blue, the lightest blue.

  2. AmyA

    The Last Straw

    She is six pounds, two ounces,
    A little strawberry of a girl,
    Recumbent in her basket
    Warmed by a blanket.

    It, too, is six pounds two ounces,
    Set on a chair in the same kitchen,
    Thawing in the autumn sun streaming through the window,
    Warming to be roasted for dinner,

    Today I become a vegetarian.

    Amy Appleton

  3. newdockswife

    Every Child’s Nightmare
    (Brussel Sprouts)

    Blindly he entered
    recoiling, forcing himself forward
    urging each foot to continue
    earnestly desiring retreat
    longing to run.
    Screaming internally
    poised to turn, trembling
    realizing the futility, hopeless
    openly weeping
    unable to flee
    tasting defeat
    sprouting like Satan’s wings.


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