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2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8

Quick note: I realize quite a few of you are having historic posting problems with this blog. If you fall under this category, I hope I've found a (hopefully) short-term solution by using the Writer's Digest Forum. Beginning with today's prompt, I'll start a new thread for each day's poem. Click here for the Day 8 prompt thread.

Today's prompt comes from Daniel Ari.

Here's Daniel's prompt: Talk back to a dead poet. Choose a poem you like by a poet who is no longer living and offer a rebuttal. Dickinson's line, "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" is just begging for a response. Maybe, unlike Shakespeare, your lover's face is EXACTLY like the sun. And don't we all have something we'd like to say to Sylvia Plath?

Robert's attempt at a talk back to a dead poet prompt:

"Before the Light"

"Traveling through the dark I found a deer/dead on the edge of the Wilson River road." - William Stafford "Traveling Through the Dark"

And you stopped, not for the deer, but other
folks you hoped to save. The dead doe waiting
to roll or be rolled, you lowered your lights
and felt the fawn, not alive and not dead--

not yet. Yet, there was nothing left to be
done but push them both into the river,
and maybe we're all faced with these moments
alone, afraid to ask God what to do

until after everything's been done.

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Thank you, Daniel Ari, for the super prompt! Click here to learn more about Daniel.

And remember: If you have trouble commenting here, check out the thread for Day 8 on the WD Forum to avoid the frustration of trying to post multiple times.

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