2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

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Today is our first Tuesday of the month. If this is your first poem-a-day rodeo, then I have a special treat for you today, because I do Two-for-Tuesday prompts for these challenges. You can write to one prompt; write to the other; or try to do both. Totally up to you.

Here are the two prompts for today:

  • Write a beginning poem. And, of course, when something begins, it often signals something else ending. Soooo, the other prompt is to…
  • Write an ending poem. Poem about something ending.


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Here’s my attempt at a Beginning and/or Ending Poem:


when the day ends
the night begins

to take the shape
of a love letter

that begins & ends
without a name

where desire begins
reason ends

up becoming
an obstacle

between one heart
beat & the next

love song makes it
begin again


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He’s always been a teenager at heart.

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508 thoughts on “2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

  1. LCaramanna

    My House at the End of the Road

    Turn right on Main Street,
    left on Country Lane,
    bear right at the fork in the road.
    Down the road less traveled,
    be mindful of butterflies, wildflowers,
    and sunshine sparkle in your eyes.
    Follow birdsong harmony
    to my house at the end of the road.

    Park your car in the driveway,
    step up onto the front porch,
    pet the dog with the wagging tail.
    My front door is open wide,
    your invitation to come inside,
    drink from a goblet
    of friendship and hospitality in
    my house at the end of the road.

  2. BDP

    Sijo #4: Beginning, Ending

    You showered and shaved then cooked us old-fashioned oatmeal.
    We tots hid toast crusts around our bowls, away from your eyes—ha!
    Still in your old age: a table for one, hot cereal, gold bread.

  3. montespoet


    Beginning is like duct tape.
    It stays where it’s put,
    its mission secure,
    binds the now to future.

    Even if pulled,
    its residue remains,
    changes the terrain forever.
    Always leaves a mark.

    Barbara Montes


    Ending is like masking tape.
    Pliable and pleasant,
    it’s easily moved.
    Sticks, sticks, sticks,
    til it gets a little tired.

    No one expected much.
    If it weren’t attached
    to duct tape on the other end,
    it would have blown away long ago.

    Now its edges are loose.
    Rained-on and dried,
    it’s gotten stiff,
    lies atop the destiny,
    not really holding on.

    Barbara Montes