2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Complete (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem. Possible titles include: “Complete Best Day I Ever Had,” “Complete Guide to Writing Poems,” “Completely Wrong Way,” and “Completed Set.”


Poem Your Days Away!

Online poetry prompts are great! But where can you get your poem fix when you unplug? The answer is the Smash Poetry Journal, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This book collects 125 poetry prompts from the Poetic Asides blog, gives poets plenty of room to write poems, and a lot of other great poetic information. Perfectly sized to carry in a backpack or purse, you can jot down ideas for poems as you’re waiting in line for a morning coffee or take it to the park for a breezy afternoon writing session (or on a bus, at a laundromat, or about anywhere else you can imagine–except under water, unless you’re in a submarine or a giant breathable plastic bubble).

Anyway, it’s great for prompting poems, and you should order a copy today. (Maybe order an extra one as a gift for a friend.)

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Here’s my attempt at a Complete Blank Poem:

“complete guide to breaking my heart”

Leave it to your friends. Or put it
in a note slipped into my locker.
Tell me on the phone. Or in person
as you storm off in tears

leaving me to sort through the whys
and what-did-I-dos. What did I do
but run to you and from you and
write another poem that might be

about you?


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). In a former life, he was into collecting complete sets of things. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

212 thoughts on “2019 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

  1. AvatarBDP

    Imayo: “Complete Garden”

    Snow so high, tunnel to door: corn stalks hide the shed.
    Icicles form stalagmites: teepee of green beans.
    Follow the plow to the store: scuffle hoe the weeds.
    Don’t worry, the sun returns: pick your fresh veggies.

    * * * * *

    snow so high, tunnel to door
    corn stalks hide the shed
    icicles form stalagmites
    teepee of green beans
    follow the plow to the store
    scuffle hoe the weeds
    don’t worry, the sun returns
    pick your fresh veggies

    B Peters

  2. AvatarHillariousJ

    What’s more complete than a circle?

    As it starts at its center where
    The compass pin breaks, burrows, settles
    Into the surface like it is making a home.
    Then the dark, solid grey shine of lead
    Touches down there, almost hesitantly,
    It pauses, then traces back a hair and makes
    The scratch of ownership along surface
    Claiming this space as its own,
    As it arcs smoothly around a life,
    24 hours, or one of the hands on
    An old-fashioned clock that turns
    on gears—toothy circles that smile.
    And when the dulling pencil reaches round
    and meets the beginning of itself,
    it exhales, releases a sigh that signifies
    Success, satisfaction, completion.
    And it closes its eye.

    1. AvatarBDP

      I did not expect the line “As it arcs smoothly around a life” and the continuation into the clock. Then you go back to the dulling pencil. Nice ending, too.


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