2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

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Today is the final day of the November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Or is it? I'll post a wrap-up on the challenge tomorrow, but today is technically the final day of the initial poeming for this challenge. We still have all of December to collect and revise our November poems, slim our manuscripts down to 10-20 pages of poetry, and submit them (to me!). Again, I'll share all the details tomorrow--or click here to see the basic guidelines.

(Also, usually we do a poetry prompt on Wednesday in non-challenge months, but I think we'll skip tomorrow's Wednesday Poetry Prompt. We'll resume our weekly poeming on Wednesday December 8.)

For today's prompt, write a lessons learned poem. If you've been writing to a certain theme, this poem might take a moment to step back and reflect on the BIG PICTURE. If you're like me and couldn't quite stick to one theme throughout the month, then this poem might be about real lessons learned (either this month or during your entire lifetime). Or you might just write a poem about going to school. Or to work. Or this blog. Or something else.

By the way, this is a "Two for Tuesday" prompt, so the opposing prompt would be to write a poem in which someone or something doesn't learn their lesson. Or how they're unable or unwilling to learn their lesson.

Here's my attempt:

"Lessons learned living here"

Believe it or not, the world is getting
heavier and lighter at the same time.


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