2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Yesterday was fun, but we’ve got plenty of poeming left to do this month!

For today’s prompt, write a disguise poem. In our neck of the woods, we just finished celebrating Halloween, which is all about wearing disguising (and begging for candy). But there are also spies, practical jokes, and other reasons to wear disguises. Plus, some people disguise their true selves on their online social media profiles–not to mention all the disguises used by plants, animals, and insects in the natural world.


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Here’s my attempt at a Disguise Poem:

“if i say”

i never cared for you
would you believe me

or would you consider
it another hidden meaning

one word disguised as another
& if i say that i cared for you

but not your actions
would my words seem cloaked

or would you understand
i can feel two ways at once


Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

He’s not sure if he disguises his words, but they do often have multiple personalities, which may be the same thing. Completely unrelated, he dressed as Bob Wiley from the early 90s film “What About Bob” for Halloween this year.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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263 thoughts on “2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

  1. River.of.red.ink

    If I said I wanted out
    If I said it wasn’t worth the effort
    Would you follow my lead and leave?
    If I said that I didn’t want to stay
    If I said that what we had was forgotten and left in yesterday
    2ould you turn and walk away
    Or would you see my words for what they really are
    Would you see there meaning
    Would you read between the lines
    Would you see that I’m dying inside
    Would you see that I don’t want to turn away
    That I want you to stay
    That I’m praying you see
    That I’m willing to fight for you and me
    But would you walk away
    If you couldn’t see


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