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:

“crushing”

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

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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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509 thoughts on “2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

  1. AllSwoons

    “Prelude to an Open Door”

    When molecules dissolve in water,
    they have a positive AND negative end.
    This is called a solution.

    When you come to a conclusion,
    this is the conception of new connections
    to make a good final impression that ends on a high note.

    When a green anole lizard’s tail breaks off,
    this autotomy potentially saves them from a predator,
    and then it regenerates and this is the emergence of a new tail.

    When we read the epilogue,
    it is the final chapter at the end of the story—
    wrapping up the loose ends for the starting point of a future prologue.

    (It is the same thing when you get to the denouement of any body of work;
    matters are explained and resolved,
    so we’re free to move on to a new origination of ideas!)

    When we make a resolution, we resolve something;
    and though this is ultimately the culmination of something also,
    it is usually commencement of betterment and inner peace.

    When there is a television finale,
    this is the kickoff of a new show.
    When there is a termination of employment,
    this is day one of a new path.
    When you cross a finish line,
    you step straight into the outset of something new.
    When an era comes to an end,
    history turns into the dawn of a new time.
    When we climax,
    ecstasy ends and this is the rise of dopamine.
    When you call off a relationship,
    this means you’re free to start a new one.
    When love comes to an end in your heart,
    it is open to the genesis of a new love to take root in its place.

    So, what is the point of all of this unpoetic blather and bafflegab, you wonder?

    Every ending is always a beginning.
    Without endings, there would be no beginnings.
    I don’t know about you,
    but you can’t begin to live without knowing how to end well.

    —Heather Angelika Dooley
    © 2017

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. montespoet

    BEGINNING

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

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

    Barbara Montes

    ENDING

    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

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