2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

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Is it just me, or is this month flying by? It seems like intense poeming always speeds up time for me.

For today's prompt, take the phrase "(blank) or (blank)," replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Example titles could be: "This or that," "Dogs or cats," "Go my way or the highway," "To poem or not to poem," etc.

Here's my attempt:

"ready or not"

we find the children
in an empty house

on the edge of town
where most things are found

recently. in fact,
we aren't astonished

when they--the children--
are discovered, though

we took long enough
to send someone out.

almost as if we
could care less, we do,

and then, our outrage
at ourselves for our

not getting involved
any earlier.

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