2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: relent, horrendous, artifact, lagoon, wobble, and plunder.

If you want extra credit (and who doesn’t), try using all six!


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Here’s my attempt at a Six Words poem:

“Permission Granted”

I always felt for the creature from the black lagoon
who’s attention always seemed to spell certain doom,
because he was a creature completely misunderstood
trying to protect his Amazonian neighborhood.

The things he did, of course, were very horrendous,
so I’m not saying people should do as he does,
but he didn’t ask for scientists to come and plunder
any artifact that adds to their archaeological thunder.

What I’m saying is that monsters sometimes can’t think
about what’s right or wrong or whether their poop stinks,
because they’re too busy just attempting to survive
in a world that would rather they never be alive.

So Jesse, if you wobble here with with your dark intent
because you can’t help it, then I can’t help it; I’ll relent.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

This is his eighth year of hosting and participating in the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge. He can’t wait to see what everyone creates this month–not only on a day-by-day basis, but when the chapbooks start arriving in December and January. Fun, fun, fun.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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140 thoughts on “2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

  1. seingraham


    Suppose the night won’t relent
    and dawn is a pale wobble
    on the horizon
    You know instinctively to avoid
    the lagoon, that horrendous
    body of stench
    Where the dead gather to dance
    and plunder the near-dead
    You go there too often and you
    will become just one more
    artifact of terrible
    That the kids come searching
    for when they’re drunk on beers

  2. tobysgirl

    Things to Remember

    Although sometimes your life may seem horrendous,
    those moments will pass and eventually
    you might even laugh about them.

    Don’t wobble under the heavy expectations of others.
    They don’t know who you are,
    any more than you do.
    You will figure it out in your own time.
    Shake them off.

    Respect the artifacts that are your parents and teachers.
    They are in the position of knowing more than you just by being alive longer.
    Take what they say and teach,
    retain it, then as you get older use and toss what you will.

    Try not to be too quick to judge.
    Relent a little.

    One more thing-
    It won’t break your face to smile a little.


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