2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Happy Administrative Assistant Day! If you’re an administrative assistant, perhaps you’ll get a chuckle out of today’s prompt. If not, I hope you still get something out of it too.

For today’s prompt, write a take off poem. Take off work for you admin assistants out there (and any other workers). Take off a runway–for those of you who like to fly. Take off from a dangerous or weird situation–or maybe even a comfortable one. Or maybe you have a completely different take off of a “take off” poem. Go on and take off on your poetic paths.

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Here’s my attempt at a Take Off Poem:

“take off”

take off in the morning
take off in the evening
take off whenever you like
but don’t you take off
with my bmx bike

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roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer used to get everywhere important on his BMX bike…back in the days when children did not wear protective helmets. It was a dangerous time when kids all roamed the suburbs in search of trouble to get into. Sometimes they found it; sometimes it found them; but always kids were flying to and fro on their bikes.

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291 thoughts on “2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

  1. lionmother

    Taking Off

    Today I had to take off from work, from my daily life
    my mind is whirling as I remember the day
    two years ago to the moment when I lost him
    a loss so devastating it turned my world upside down
    the down remaining for months as an empty space
    the place where he belonged a void now
    and this was where it stayed until
    time paved over the pain and it lay there
    beneath the surface like the molten magma
    waits patiently beneath the earth’s crust
    churning and boiling and awaiting the crack
    then today on the second anniversary of his passing
    a crack opened and the sadness poured out
    covering all like the lava of an open volcanic eruption
    and caused my mind to sleep under the volume
    of the immense feeling that had laid beneath the
    surface as my life went about its ways
    time to take off from everything and instead
    sift through the rubble of my remembrances.
    copyright by Barbara Ehrentreu

  2. Ency Peterson

    TAKE OFF

    I wished to live off grid
    to be as independent as I could
    Life just wasn’t willing
    and Fate agreed with her

    I tried to distance myself
    to cut off ties of old
    but Life just wasn’t willing
    and Fate agreed with her

    So I let them carry me
    with Destiny’s aid
    to where they wished me to be
    and not where I truly yearned

    For I wished to take off
    disappear in the distance
    Fate and Life and Destiny
    they had different plans

    They chose to inundate me
    with friends and family
    who could freely leave
    while I stayed stationary

  3. shellkaysm

    Shady Stranger

    Like a shady stranger
    you keep within your sight,
    there’s an intoxicating vision
    that pulls me into its tantric web.
    The fantasy’s to just take off,
    to journey forth without a plan,
    luggage, or destination.
    There’s neither check-out time
    nor ETA to post,
    no itinerary to follow.
    I’d leave without everything
    I’d never leave home without:
    no breadcrumbs to scatter behind,
    no friendly travel mate.
    Just me and my wild whims–
    my wanderlust the only thing, in fact,
    packed upon my back–
    nothing shy of adventure
    and internal GPS to guide.
    This dream too spontaneous
    to fit inside a bucket list,
    too juicy–really–to even contain,
    too selfishly indulgent to share,
    remains a pull too perfect to ignore:
    like that shady stranger
    always held within sight.

  4. Domino

    Take Off Those Shoes—a time-travel poem

    Take off those high-heeled shoes,
    and let down that hair.
    Let me get a load of you,
    I’ll try not to stare.

    This is me, your younger self,
    and I’m impressed as hell!
    We really had it in us, sis,
    We’ve done really well!

    I admit, I never thought
    success would be so soon.
    I don’t see kids or husband, though,
    or house with family strewn…

    So does this mean we’re single still?
    Does this mean we’re alone?
    What happened to our dating life?
    To dresses and cologne?

    I didn’t think I wanted this,
    success at such a price.
    I thought that we could have it all.
    Huh, wouldn’t that be nice.

    Maybe now I should rethink
    the choices to be made.
    Why can’t women do the same
    as men when all is weighed?

    Now I see the penalty
    success can take it’s toll.
    I may need to change my mind
    about our lifetime goal.

    With luck we can make a change,
    We’ll try another sphere.
    Don’t worry sis, I’ll do my part,
    and you do yours my dear.

  5. Genevieve

    Another Day

    Minds take off
    With grand ideas
    At night when
    A person
    Wants to sleep.

    In the morning
    Realization.
    Those ideas
    Slinking out of
    Sight, shadows.

    Getting out
    Of a warm bed
    Hitting the
    Cold, hard floor
    Burr…Take off.

  6. Shennon

    “Take Off”

    Two words with much meaning
    Two words, simple, when said
    Inspire countless reactions
    When released from one’s head.

    These words can mean promise
    When lovers reunite
    They can be laced with scorn
    Dripping with sarcasm and spite.

    They may announce a journey
    A prime vacation spot in mind
    Or they may express remorse
    Where guilt incarnate is defined.

    These words can mean sorrow
    Love, comfort, or dread
    Two words with much meaning
    Two words, simple, when said.

    –ShennonDoah

  7. PKP

    Take off the mask

    let the mask fall
    from your face
    the chill from
    your voice
    the limpness
    from your hug
    take off the mask
    You are still there
    I see a flicker of
    your lighted eyes –
    flash through
    thin slits –
    Take off the mask
    I nearly scream –
    move to rip it
    from your
    face – frantic
    to free the
    flush of love
    known for
    all of your
    life –
    Take off
    the mask!
    Yet…
    I do not scream,
    I do not rip
    it from your
    face – and
    fling it to
    the floor.
    No, I do no-
    thing but lift
    my own mask –
    pat it into
    place – and
    politely
    listen to odd
    stilted banal
    conversation
    as though we
    are but cordial
    strangers
    sitting out
    a dance
    at the mother-
    hooded heart
    macerating
    masquerade

  8. PKP

    Take off the mask

    let the mask fall
    from your face
    the chill from
    your voice
    the limpness
    from your hug
    take off the mask
    You are still there
    I see a flicker of
    your lighted eyes –
    flash through
    thin slits –
    Take off the mask
    I nearly scream –
    move to rip it
    from your
    face – frantic
    to free the
    flush of love
    known for
    all of your
    life –
    Take off
    the mask!
    Yet…
    I do not scream,
    I do not rip
    it from your
    face – and
    fling it to
    the floor.
    No, I do no-
    thing but lift
    my own mask –
    pat it into
    place – and
    politely
    listen to odd
    stilted banal
    conversation
    as though we
    are but cordial
    strangers
    sitting out
    a dance
    at the mother-
    hooded-heart
    macerating
    masquerade

  9. PKP

    Take off the mask

    let the mask fall
    from your face
    the chill from
    your voice
    the limpness
    from your hug
    take off the mask
    You are still there
    I see a flicker of
    your lighted eyes –
    flash through
    thin slits –
    Take off the mask
    I nearly scream –
    move to rip it
    from your
    face – frantic
    to free the
    flush of love
    known for
    all of your
    life –
    Take off
    the mask!
    Yet…
    I do not scream,
    I do not rip
    it from your
    face – and
    fling it to
    the floor.
    No, I do no-
    thing but lift
    my own mask –
    pat it into
    place – and
    politely
    listen to odd
    stilted banal
    conversation
    as though we
    are but cordial
    strangers
    sitting out
    a dance
    at the mother-
    hooded-heart
    macerating
    masquerade

  10. simplymarian

    It’s April
    still all ten
    sick days
    in the bank
    until today.
    I’ve gotten a
    substitute teacher
    the kids will eat her for lunch
    or celebrate a new audience
    it can go either way.

    Today is mine
    I’m taking off on
    this blue sky
    lemondrop sun
    day hike a trail
    I’ve never been
    down before.

  11. deborahbgkelly

    I thought You Took Off. I Sure Wish You Did.

    I thought you took off
    And were out of my life
    I don’t know the hold you have on me
    You are simply grabby, grubby and cranky
    Never able to see
    Why you can’t stay where you are
    No matter where you head
    I thought you took off. I sure wish you did.

    I’m not here to be your ride-service
    To give you free marketing advice
    To schlep your stuff every time you have to move
    Which is more times than I can even count
    How do you not know yet
    That you are the cause
    That people were happy when you took off.
    The greediness and the guilt trips are too much.
    I thought you took off. I sure wish you did.

  12. Yolee

    She drags 80-lbs of personal affects in a black Samsonite-
    watches the stamped ink in her passport spider out-
    sits near the emergency exit.

    She locks the seatbelt-
    ignores the peanut present-
    and reads the letter again.

    Clouds wander by her window.

  13. shellcook

    Talons

    Pushing up on his talons,
    he lifts himself off of the deep green branches
    and drifts, as if by magic, into the pale blue
    of the late morning sky.

    Like a dancer, he rides the wind, effortlessly.
    he will not flutter again until he has found
    something to investigate in the vast
    river valley.

    His head swivels at a sound, only he can hear,
    and he dives out of the thermal flow
    aiming for the lunch, he has spied
    on the river rocks below.

    He floats, with his prize, back to tree and nest,
    where he delivers his prize to his nestlings
    eyeing him with themes of ancient hunger.
    Lift off and landing achieved with equal grace.

    4/27/16

  14. lily black

    Take Off

    Climbing walls at 4:15
    Close the windows
    Care for plants
    Containers corral roving pens and pencils
    Catalogs stacked
    Calendar checked
    Children close up backpacks early
    Come on bell
    Chime!

  15. drwasy

    Take off to the great white north

    is stuck in my head which shows
    both my age & warped wit
    (though I didn’t laugh that much)
    but what I really want is to
    take off to the great white south
    where there is sun not snow
    or gray or cold & where I can
    lie in my skin and feel warm

  16. b_kelli

    Take off

    For a hundred different reasons I sit here and wait. Perhaps it’s responsibility, maybe I’m late. Honest to a fault my mother would say. I’ll work until 5, every damn day.

    Take off. Take off. I see it in your eyes.
    You plead without voicing your desperate cries. Take off. Take off. I hear it in my sleep.
    Knowing work won’t love me and my kids won’t keep.

    And yet it continues this cycle of habit. Clock in and clock out like a fucking rabbit. Follow the carrot and damage the tree. If people were smarter, surely we’d see.

    Take off. Take off. I whisper it too.
    Quietly, faintly, not loud enough for you.
    Take off. Take off. Someday I say.
    I just hope your around on that far away day.

  17. MichelleMcEwen

    Take Off

    Before I started sleeping
    with the gas station attendant’s son,

    I got my kicks
    hanging in the field

    near the airport
    watching take-offs

    and wishing
    a boy would

    get me off
    the ground

    like that

    wishing
    a boy could

    get me out
    this town

    like that.

  18. mswunion1976

    Five O’Clock Somewhere

    It’s five o’clock somewhere he said with a grin
    Perched on the edge of his stool
    Was it rueful or flirty or just a tired old line
    From a guy that I knew once in school

    I mean years ago now, we’re beyond middle age
    You look good he repeated once more
    I guess it was vanity that kept me inside
    I should have gone for the door

    We’re both of us married, with kids grown and gone
    So he’s bored with his comfortable life
    And I’m coming to know that sexy is done
    And I’m just someone’s well preserved wife

    He leans in and raises his eyebrows
    Pleading or trying to be bold
    I’m so sorry I said as I got up to leave
    In the end he just looked … old

    I go home and take off my makeup
    He asks was the reunion all right
    I told him nothing much happened
    And settled in for the night

  19. tunesmiff

    SPRING TRAINING
    G. Smith
    ====•====
    Take off,
    When you see the sign,
    From the coach,
    On the third base line.
    When you see him,
    Touch his cap, cross his chest,
    That’s the time to give it your best,
    Don’t watch the pitcher,
    Don’t watch the batter,
    Just steal the base,
    That’s all that matters.
    When you hear, “Down!”
    Hit the ground,
    Slide mean,
    But slide clean;
    An be first,
    To second,
    Before the ball.
    That’s all.

  20. Sara McNulty

    Taking Off?

    The line denotes a wait of hours.
    To quiet screaming children down,
    toys are pulled from bags, as parents glower.

    A slew of requests for candy drowns
    out announcements regarding flights.
    At front of the line a man beeps and frowns.

    All flights are cancelled, bad weather, poor sight.
    An uproar ensues, passengers flustered.
    Just where will families spend the night?

    Next morning comes; people are disgusted,
    the toilets have lines, nothing is clean.
    When the line reforms, someone is busted.

  21. Nancy Posey

    Ophelia Speaks

    I know the stream was not so deep,
    I only lay me down to sleep, not die,
    but first I had to wash this face, paint
    an inch thick, his prescription not mine.
    I’d trade rosemary for remembrance
    for just a little lavender, but my face
    reflecting in the shallow pool
    could not come clean, no matter
    how hard I scrubbed. I only meant
    to rinse the skin, soothe my tear-
    stained eyes, my broken heart.

  22. Alpha1

    WILD BLUE YONDER

    Poised on the runway
    Of life the big picture
    Clearly before you all
    Systems are go for take
    Off . Gather your speed.
    Get the wind beneath your
    Wings higher and higher up
    Into the wide expanse.
    There’s no turning back
    Only landing safely.

  23. Nancy Posey

    Taking off the Day

    “Don’t go to sleep in your daily dirt,“
    her mother’s voice still echoed
    as she leaned into the vanity mirror
    following her nightly routine,
    washing away the day, relieved
    to see that underneath it all,
    scrubbed clean, rinsed cool,
    she recognized, she loved
    her face looking back at her.

  24. pipersfancy

    How Things Change

    Cancel the reservations,
    and stop looking wistfully
    at all the travel brochures.
    With our luck, we’d likely
    crash on take off—so let’s
    just not go there. I never
    really wanted to sunbathe
    on the Cote d’Azur anyway.
    Did you?

  25. pcm

    Online dating remains outdated

    The simplicity of mystery
    resides in the design of quandary
    for one who accepts the diagnostic
    algorithm of his own logic agnostic.

    A mysterious woman must enthrall
    let imagination take off revive Neanderthal
    stasis of comfort and well being
    a quiet comely woman seen without seeing.

    Woe if she be more verbose
    perhaps rotund, pointed or morose
    than the Girl with a Pearl Earring
    for then will he amass dismay unerring.

    Should less than ideal she prove to be
    a suitor once glorious becomes absentee.
    So be still, dear girl, hush, quiet as the night
    lest you send a chap fleeing quick with fright.

    Express the least possible so as not to bother
    his memories primeval of his mother
    for instead of you he’ll await another
    quiet ideal to whom his affection he will proffer.

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