2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Yesterday, the poetry publication Rattle shared a poem, “One of Those Topics I Shouldn’t Talk About,” by my wife that they’d published years ago. It was a pleasant surprise and a good read. So I’m sharing it here for anyone who’s interested in reading. Click to read.

For today’s prompt, write an open letter poem. When I think of open letters, I think of those editorials written in the newspaper or online that take a common problem or a media story and give their solution or take on the matter. Often, they spur more debate than solve problems, but they’re often written with a purpose.

That said, I do want to re-iterate that this is a place of poetry and that I don’t tolerate people attacking or intimidating each other. I believe in allowing varying views, but I don’t believe in cyber bullying. I know that allowing people to write open letters could lead to frictions–just remember to keep it about the poetry, not the viewpoints or personal attacks. If there are any problems, send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Happy poeming.


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Here’s my attempt at an Open Letter poem:

“Open Letter to Vampires”

Please stop draining the blood from our pets
and the neighborhood kids. If it doesn’t stop,
we’ll be forced to sharpen some wood stakes,
and, well, use them.


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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136 thoughts on “2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

  1. seingraham


    It’s time to stop this nonsense
    This feeling sorry for yourself
    Everyone has stuff that gets them down
    But most folks get on with what needs doing
    And, truth be told, you’re letting your sadness
    own the rest of you

    Think back to when you considered life ideal;
    was there ever such a time?
    Or is it just in retrospect, now that you’ve
    lost some things
    You’re pouting about some thing you tend to see as gone
    Some idea you now view through glasses coloured by
    time and regret

    But really? Was that time so wonderful?
    Or are you just imagining it so, now that you’re
    no longer privvy to it?
    Even if it’s more than your imagination – be
    truthful with yourself
    It’s nothing you can change, so stop throwing
    yourself pity parties, okay?

    Live your life like you mean it
    You’ve got this.


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