2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, write a temptation poem. Nearly everyone is tempted by something: fame, glory, money, chocolate. Today is the perfect day to give in to the temptation to write about your (or “a friend’s”) temptation. Also, I totally understand the temptation to write about The Temptations today.


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Here’s my attempt at a Temptation Poem:

“& so the husband gives in to the temptation”

& so the husband gives in to the temptation
to buy flowers for the one who’s been on his mind
every evening as he closed his eyes & began dreaming

& so the husband leaves work around lunch time
to give flowers to the one who’s sparked a new fire
in his heart & who gives him a new reason for dreaming

& so the husband meets this woman at a restaurant
& gives her the flowers & confesses his obsession
& she smiles & kisses him & confesses the same

& so the husband returns to work a little late
because he was distracted & the afternoon passes
& returns home to his wife who he kissed at lunch time


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 is often tempted by all varieties of sugar.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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264 thoughts on “2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

  1. candy

    This poem is tempted to …..

    Pack up all its pens and fancy pencils
    Donate them to a princess poem
    for her collection or maybe find
    A struggling poem that needs a
    Pen with purple ink (but not the red ink –
    It already has enough problems)
    There must be underfunded schools
    For poems where my implements might
    Inspire young poems to find their words
    Or a poemless shelter in need of hope
    This poem will keep just one –
    The old one with blackest ink found
    In the back of an ancestor’s junk drawer
    The one most favored by its muse


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