2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

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For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include: “Last Word,” “Last Card Catalog,” “Lasting Impression,” “Last Train to Duluth,” and so on.


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Here’s my attempt at a Last Blank Poem:

“Last Encore”

It’s funny how even after the lights
flash back on, there’s still that moment
when I think, Maybe they’ll come out

again. But, alas, big guys with SECURITY
printed across their backs move my way
with their hands outstretched and

without much patience. The band came
and stayed way past my bedtime,
but they left me wanting more, and that’s

why I’ll be back when they return to town.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer used to go to “all ages” shows when he was young to see touring acts and local bands with names like Nostromo, Brainiac, and Factory Dog. Some of them were pretty darn good; some of them seemed good to a teenager–and that’s all that mattered at the time. He almost always left wanting more.

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384 thoughts on “2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

  1. Rosangela C T

    Last night

    Last night I slept well
    didn’t hear your snore
    neither the door bell.
    Who was at the door?

    Last night I slept fine
    I recall no dreams
    Maybe it was the wine
    Did I take off my jeans?

    Last night I slept like a kid
    after a full day playing
    even closed the third eyelid
    What am I saying?

    Last night is over
    much to my dismay
    I must face this hangover
    What day is today?

  2. BDP

    “At Last, I Think I’m Younger Than I Am”

    Near eighty-eight, pulled backwards by the past,
    an age that keeps its reins on her, she shuffles in.

    She’s shrunk five inches, spine curved, styles a hoodie,
    Capri jeans and Keds. If only she could bustle in.

    For then she’d look herself. “Hi, Auntie Jane!” Her hands
    about at her hips, her knotted fingers ruffle, swim.

    She scuffles forward. I repeat her name. She hears, and halts:
    “Oh, there you are!” Her words sound weak, mine muscle in.

    Her creaks are strangeness to her, I’ll agree, and why
    should I think days are long? What’s last keeps hustling in.

    –Barb Peters


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