2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Two-for-Tuesday day!

For today’s prompt, take on one (or both) of the following prompts:

  • Write a serious poem. Or…
  • Write a silly poem.

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Here’s my attempt at a Serious and/or Silly Poem:

“I’m Serious”

I saw Bigfoot during my morning run today,
but really, I saw a Bigfoot family–so maybe
I should say I saw Bigfeet?!? I don’t know,

but seriously, they were chasing around
some deer and whistling at each other
until they saw me. Then, all of a sudden,

I was the buck getting chased here and
there and really not everywhere, because
it didn’t take long for them to grab me

and pick me up, with the little one poking
me with a stick. They seemed interested
in my shoes. In fact, they took them off

foot by foot and tried to putting them on
their own giant boats. Of course, Nike
doesn’t make running shoes in their size.

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roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer did not see Bigfoot on his morning run today. In fact, he didn’t go for a morning run today–something he’s been doing most mornings this month. That’s because he went for a 4-mile run yesterday morning and felt and heard a pop in his hip just short of the 3-mile marker. But, as you can see, he’s still able to get a prompt and poem up.

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355 thoughts on “2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

  1. Connie Biltz

    That’s Just Silly!

    Have you ever seen a giraffe wearing a scarf?
    Imagine how long that scarf would be.
    Have you ever heard a toad play a saxophone?
    Now that would be something to see!
    What if pigs carried parasols
    to protect them from the sun?
    What if cows could dance a jig?
    Wouldn’t that be fun?
    Chase those cobwebs out of your brain.
    Let your imagination run free.
    Don’t be afraid that someone will complain,
    “Oh! That’s just silly!”

    Connie Biltz
    author of Rainbow Chaser

  2. deborahbgkelly

    Serious Poem: Vision

    Vision
    What does it mean to have vision?
    Many people think vision is for the short-term
    Let’s stop this thing we don’t like instead of doing what we can to support what we do like
    So, consider this:
    What does it mean to have vision?

  3. Catherine Conley

    Serious Decision: Stay or Go?

    There is an exhilaration in a challenge,
    But also a joy in the familiar.

    A 4 handicap doesn’t give up golf
    And take up tennis instead, but
    A duffer may.
    Or he may not. He may
    Take lessons, keep practicing, getting
    Better, little by little.
    Yet, the 4 handicapper may
    Switch courses, try a new
    Venue and renew his excitement.
    Or, perhaps he simply buys a new club
    To create a different test in the known environment.

    How much change is necessary
    To keep the seasoned from becoming banal?

    Catherine Conley
    https://crcreateaday.wordpress.com/

  4. mschied

    Oxymoronic Ode

    Being seriously silly
    Is terribly titillating
    A definite possibility
    Rising halfway down
    Although her profound stupidity
    Might put a slightly substantial
    Hiccup in our improvised plan

  5. Pat Walsh

    solemn
    by Patrick J. Walsh

    solemn, solemn
    we walk solemn
    untrained in the
    art of mourning
    except for the times
    we’ve been here before

    solemn, solemn
    we stand solemn
    indifferent to the
    cold gray morning
    that lays across the
    quiet hours like a shroud

    solemn, solemn
    a silent hawk
    passes overhead
    while we below
    in ancient ritual words
    bid our solemn farewell

  6. Thedeb

    Wild about Books
    By Debbie Cerrito

    Let’s be silly
    Let’s be wild
    Wild today
    Wild tomorrow
    Tomorrow is here
    Tomorrow is gone
    Gone away
    Gone for good
    Good to go
    Good as gold
    Gold jewels
    Gold flowers
    Flowers smell sweet
    Flowers make smiles
    Smiles are contagious
    Smiles for miles
    Miles to go
    Miles of roads
    Roads to recovery
    Roads to success
    Success is triumph
    Success requires work
    Work builds character
    Work is hard
    Hard as stone
    Hard as nails
    Nails of steel
    Nails are red
    Red as an apple
    Red is hot
    Hot stuff
    Hot night
    Night has come
    Night is over
    Over the rainbow
    Over the top
    Top of the morning
    Top of the days
    Days of fall
    Days of summer
    Summer breeze
    Summer food
    Food fights
    Food stores
    Stores with pencils
    Stores with books
    Books to read
    Books by authors
    Authors read

    1. Thedeb

      Unfortunately, I posted my working copy instead of my revised copy (*sigh.)
      Below is the correct version. Sorry :/

      Wild about Poems (revised)
      By Debbie Cerrito

      Let’s be silly
      Let’s be wild
      Wild today
      Wild tomorrow
      Tomorrow is here
      Tomorrow is gone
      Gone away
      Gone for good
      Good to go
      Good as gold
      Gold jewels
      Gold flowers
      Flowers smell sweet
      Flowers make smiles
      Smiles are contagious
      Smiles for miles
      Miles to go
      Miles of roads
      Roads to recovery
      Roads to success
      Success is triumph
      Success requires work
      Work builds character
      Work is hard
      Hard as stone
      Hard as nails
      Nails of steel
      Nails are red
      Red as an apple
      Red is hot
      Hot stuff
      Hot nights
      Nights without sleep
      Nights and days
      Days of fall
      Days of summer
      Summer breeze
      Summer food
      Food fights
      Food stores
      Stores with pencils
      Stores with books
      Books to read
      Books by authors
      Authors write novels
      Authors write poems
      Poems to read
      Poems to share
      Share
      Read

  7. seingraham

    BUT SERIOUSLY

    Every day she finds herself examining it
    a little more closely, looking for the secret
    If not the secret, perhaps the purpose
    Was it Aristotle who said the unexamined
    life wasn’t worth living?
    She thinks maybe it was … and she has
    been considering the veracity of this
    notion lately
    And other ideas along this vein – but sometimes,
    if she gets going too far into the middle
    of this philosophy, she finds herself
    starting to flounder
    Beginning to be unable to see the point of
    any of it
    Why do people bother, she wonders
    You are born, you live, you die
    Isn’t that the case for everyone on this earth
    The circuitous nature and sameness of it seems
    wearying, banal, not worth doing …
    She knows better than to keep going down this
    path but there are times when she feels trapped
    in a groove from which she’s unable to swerve.

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