2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

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For today's prompt, take the phrase "Once Upon a (Blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles could include: "Once Upon a Time," "Once Upon a Moon," or "Once Upon a Stage Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature." Hey, a poet can dream, right?

Here's my attempt:

"Once upon a chair"

Climb onto a table
and call for daddy
to come get you--
unless you decide
it's a good idea
to jump to the floor.
Then, ignore
that feeling that
maybe just maybe
this isn't a good idea
and later--when
daddy is holding you
and saying, "It'll be
okay," and, "What
were you thinking"--
figure out what you
can climb on next.


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