2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 1

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Welcome to Day 1 of the 2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Let's get some poeming done this month!

For today's prompt, write an appearing poem. This could be a poem about something (or someone) appearing out of nowhere. Or it could be about appearances--appearing one way to some people; appearing another way to others. If you're new to my prompts, let me share one thing: I'm totally fine with you stretching the prompt in any direction you need to write; in fact, I encourage it. Now get poeming!

Here's my attempt at an appearing poem:


They appear in single file
marching through the crowd
unnoticed. They could be

brothers on their way to work
or the local arcade, but we
already know there's a bomb.

We watch them watch the
explosion, the chaotic aftermath
as everyone else runs.


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Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community and a long distance runner who regularly watches distance races on television. While he's never completed a marathon, he has run a half in 90 minutes (and then got sick later in the day). He's the author of Solving the World's Problems for which he's running a remix challenge with a $500 prize for best remix (learn more). Robert is married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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