2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

Only 2 days left! So it’s appropriate…

For today’s prompt, we’re once again doing two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts:

  • Write a love poem. A poem about love, people who are in love, attempting to woo, or some other lovely spin on the subject. Or…
  • Write an anti-love poem. I know that for every lover there’s an equally powerful hater.

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Here’s my attempt at a Love and/or Anti-Love poem:

“True Love”

People think we’re in love because
we stare into each other’s eyes.

People think we’re in love because
we still laugh at each other’s jokes.

People think we’re in love because
we listen to each other’s songs.

Possibly, but we’re still in love
for one very simple reason:

Both of us know how to forgive
and how to ask for forgiveness.

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78 thoughts on “2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    she’s done with love
    by juanita lewison-snyder

    no more tim, blake, or garth
    extolling the virtues of taking risks.
    instead,
    pedal to the metal
    block and tackle banging against
    the sides of her shiny new wrecker,
    she watches the former love shack explode
    into splinters in her rearview mirror
    thinking yeah
    she’s done with love,
    sooooo done.

    © 2016 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. PSC in CT

    It’s Catching (On)

    Stop this cough, sneeze, sniffle,
    wheeze, snuffle, spew
    of cold words over everyone.
    Cease the spread of heated hearsay,
    transmission of infectious fever,
    epidemic of vitriol over all
    within reach of your virulent,
    virtual voice.

    Rather, offer up a muffler
    to keep the wintry chill at bay,
    umbrella, raincoat and rubbers
    against the frigid, bitter squalls.
    Let’s infect everyone instead,
    with a contagious case of
    the most communicable
    kindness.

  3. ToniBee3

    SPICEBUSHES

    S teal away to a
    P lace just you and
    I. The voice of our requited love
    C himes across the bayou.
    E at some andouillette and apple pie.
    B oogie like black swallowtails
    U biquitously joyous.
    S omething about the way you
    H eal my soul.
    E verywhere we go, our
    S outhern love will follow.

  4. Nancy Posey

    The Long Married Try to Explain Love to Young Single Girls

    “Love suffereth long and is kind.”

    Mothers and grown daughters
    watching the last episode of Gilmore Girls
    come to a standoff, choosing between
    the Bad Boy or
    the Hard-Working Ordinary Guy.

    They won’t listen.
    We wouldn’t have.

    Love starts with a marinade
    of hormones, thrills, chills
    running up and down the spine.

    Love lasts with a solid, steady man
    who goes to work day in day out
    who comes home, takes out the trash
    without being asked—not romantic
    at twenty, but sexy at sixty.

    They might call us dull,
    choosing to stay in,
    eat leftovers, curl up on the sofa
    together, happy for a foot rub,
    a kind word. No fireworks,
    they believe, but oh, such warmth.

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