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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 4

Today's prompt comes straight from Marie Elena Good.

Marie's prompt is: Take the phrase "Just Beneath (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include "Just Beneath My Feet," "Just Beneath This City," or "Just Beneath the Surface."

Here is Robert's attempt at a Just Beneath poem:

"Just Beneath This Line"

Is another line
and another.
Perhaps, a metaphor
will simile its way in
like a deer
wandering out of a forest
nearly axed
out of existence.
Like the time I stood
just beneath your window
and shouted, "Juliet,
oh boy, Juliet,"
until your father
chased me off your lawn
and woke half the neighborhood.
Each line
leads naturally to the next
even if I don't have a destination
and maybe sometimes
it's better that way
knowing you're only here
to be along for the ride.

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Thank you to Marie for the great prompt. Click here to learn more about Marie Elena Good.

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