2013 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

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The April PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge is designed to help poets do one thing and one thing only: Write more poems! The process of revision may go on for weeks, months, and years later, but this challenge is all about getting that first draft. Please poem along with us--either in the comments below or silently at home.

Today is a Two-for-Tuesday prompt. In fact, this is one I include with every challenge. Here are your options:

  • Write a love poem.
  • Write an anti-love poem.

Here's my attempt:

"love poem"

more today than ever before i feel
i love you spreading through me
as a disease infects a body

without worry or thought of consequences
for hours i stare at paper
trying to draw your face your hands

i want to paste them on billboards
distribute them in fliers
graffiti the entire city with your name

i want to say i love you & lay quiet
in bed listening to cars pass outside
too busy to bother us

more today than i ever before i feel
the impulse & the need
& the overwhelming want

on this gentle morning
love is a squirrel
& i am a hawk

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