2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

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Time to solicit feedback from those who are having to try more than five times to post their poems, please send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: More Than Five Times.

In your e-mail, please include:

  •  Very specific steps of what you do and what you see at each step.
  • What computer (PC or Mac) you're using.
  • What browser (Explorer, Firefox, etc.) you're using.
  • Any error messages you receive (be as specific as possible).
  • Time/date problem occurs.
  • What type of Internet connection you have (high speed, dial-up, etc.).

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Maybe just talking about it will scare the blog into working. Or maybe not. If not, please feel free to post your poem over at my personal blog by clicking here. There are already 37 comments over there, and many poets have said it is easier to leave comments there.

I know it's not preferable, but it might work as duct tape until our programmers can find a pattern in the feedback we receive.

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Also, one very quick comment (I promise there is a prompt eventually), please avoid calling names or debating topics that aren't directly poetry-related on this site. I know poetry stirs emotions, but this challenge is for a diverse community of poets who have different views on everything. Let's try to be tolerant and understand others (at least on this blog) and be patient with anyone who we doesn't see the world the same way. 

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For today's prompt, write an Earth poem. You can decide what an Earth poem is. Maybe it's a poem about the planet; maybe it's actually the lowercase earth (a gardening or burial poem?); maybe it's just a poem that happens on (or to) Earth; maybe it's even written in the voice of extraterrestrials (that might be fun). No matter how you decide to roll with it, have a very poetic Earth Day!

Here's my attempt:

"O, Earth!"

I love the way water rises
into your atmosphere, the way
it gets trapped and falls down again.
Tammy and I walk through the rain
without worrying about our
wet clothes. We know there will be time
for getting dry. We see birds pluck
worms out of the grass; they wait with
open beaks for the earth dwellers
to emerge from their now flooded
tunnels. If Reese were with us, he
would say, "Nature eating nature."

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