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2010 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

Today is the final day of April, which also means it is the final day of the 2010 April PAD Challenge. It has been an amazing month of poeming and community, but it's not quite over yet. Everyone still needs to:

  1. Write a poem today.
  2. Pick and submit up to five of your best poems from the month.

You can do the first task right here. The second task will require you to first read the guidelines and then submit. Sooooo, click here to read the guidelines. And good luck! And thank you so much for an amazing month.

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Before we get into today's prompt, I do want to remind everyone that we also do a similar challenge during the month of November. Plus, throughout the year, I post interviews with poets, workshops of poems, Wednesday poetry prompts, and a lot of other poetic shenanigans. So, I hope you'll continue to stop by and wax poetic beyond April.

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For today's prompt, write a letting go poem. The poem could be about letting go of a relationship; it could be about letting go of anger; it could be about letting go of a tree branch; or it could even be about, yes, letting go of this April challenge. There are so many things we can let go.

Here's my attempt:

"Darkness"

the first thing I heard
were your words when
you said don't worry
everything will be all right
that worried look in your
eyes & me not knowing
what was going on &
there was nothing I
could do but look into
the light you shined
into my eyes your eyes
so bright & worried &
whatever else & you
breathed life into me

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Here are three titles to continue your poetic journey and development beyond April:

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Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

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Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

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The editors of Writer’s Digest are proud to bring you the first book club pick, Portrait of a Thief, to read along with us.

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

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Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

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Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

In this post, author C. Hope Clark shares tips on how freelance writers can use Instagram as a tool to find more freelance writing connections, assignments, and overall success.

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Porter discusses celebrating the nature of getting older in her new romance novel, Flirting With Fifty.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "different way of seeing the world" poem.