2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12

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For today's prompt, write a "forget what they say" poem. To do this, you could take a familiar saying and spin it on its head. Or comfort someone who's being told they can't do something. Or have the narrator of the poem pledge not to listen to the crowd. Or forget what I've said here, and do it your own way.

Here's my attempt:

"Finding a place in line"

We are no better, but we are no worse
than anybody else. We all have blood
beating in our veins. We all wake troubled
or ready to start the day--unless we're
confused, though even then, we get at it:
one leg, then the other, or we just wear
the same clothes, because we have our reasons.
I tell you this not to embarrass us--
look as we hide--but to remind we are
not gods, though sometimes we can't help but feel.


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