2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, write an action poem. So many actions are available to the poet: singing, running, clapping, working, and–umm–poeming. Yes, there’s a world of possibility today–all ready to act.

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Here’s my attempt at an Action Poem:

“if you dance”

& if you dance, then i will too–
though i can’t tell my left from right,
all through the night, i’ll stay by you
& if you dance, then i will too,
because my faith in you is true
& i’m a moth drawn to your light–
so if you dance, then i will too,
though i can’t tell my left from right

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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 is a man of action.

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239 thoughts on “2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

  1. Michelle Hed

    The War of the Words

    The flicker of words
    run through my mind
    like the comic book pages
    of the opening credits
    of a super hero movie.

    The words fight
    for a place
    in my cinematic mind,
    wanting to be unleashed
    onto paper for all to read.

    It’s a war between the forces
    of prose and the structure of form
    with the conjunctions trying not to
    float away on a cloud of fluff,
    wanting to be part of something bigger.

    Who will win?
    Will there be a cliffhanger?
    Will an epilogue leave us satisfied or hungry for more?
    Who will end up on the cutting room floor?
    The war wages on.

  2. MaggieIrene

    Chicken Fricassee

    I did not study physics but I do know
    that for every action there is a comeback,
    sometimes known as a reaction, like when I say:
    What would you like for dinner, dear?
    How about fricasseed chicken? You laugh.
    Thanks for the suggestion, sweetheart,
    but, no, don’t know that one. I smile.

    Then, every now and then, for all
    our fifty-one years, just for old-time’s sake:
    What would you like for dinner, dear?
    How about fricasseed chicken? You laugh.
    Thanks for the suggestion, sweetheart,
    but no, don’t know that one. I smile.

    Then, on a lark, I google it, make it,
    you eat it, quiet-like, which is your way,
    to never complain, just be quiet-like,
    to let me know not to bother with
    that recipe again, thank you anyway.

    We’re working on a changeup
    in our George and Gracie routine,
    something yummier.

  3. Gigglette

    STEPPING
    Keep on stepping
    to the door and unlocking it
    Opening the portal wide
    Until the guest
    Steps through and exits
    Crossing the door sill
    Their Shadow long gone
    Deep breath and exhale with a sigh
    A burgeoning spark of recognition
    in the corner of your brain ,
    with persistence and definition
    wave goodbye
    Pause, and smile
    with open welcoming arms
    Usher inside your replacement guest,
    For heavy heart
    Damaged spirit, weepy eyes, confusion, Loss , and confliction
    Has departed and gone its way
    Through portals Thrown wide

    Through portals Thrown wide
    Smile
    And
    Keep on stepping

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