2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

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I'm officially on vacation for the week, which means this morning, I'll be hitting the road to pick up my Ohio boys and bring them down to Georgia for the beginning of Thanksgiving Week! Which also means I had to get up early (because it's close to a 20-hour round trip) and post early. Let's see who's up early on Saturday mornings!

For today's prompt, write a "suspicious minds" poem. When I assembled these prompts more than a month ago, I considered this one of my more unusual (and more creative) prompts. Click here to see Elvis Presley perform this song. Anyway, I'm thinking there are a few ways to go with this prompt. One, write a poem in which the narrator is either suspicious of someone or is the actual one under suspicion. Two, write a poem that plays with repetition--as this song does. Three, write a poem that is a performance poem spectacular (as this song is here). Of course, you can always bend and blend the prompt as you see fit.

Here's my attempt (a bit rushed since I have to hit the road):

"Worry, worry"

Worry about the planes that don't crash
to the earth. Worry about the waves
that don't destroy your family. Worry
she might leave you (or he might cheat
his way past). Worry that someone will
die. Worry what you will miss. Worry
over what didn't get done. Worry what
will never be done. Worry, worry...
and watch everything do what it will.

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