2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14

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Two weeks! We've made it two weeks into the challenge. I don't know why I ever doubt it, but this month is flying by as it usually does.

For today's prompt, write an exploration poem. Maybe you're exploring a new land, the depths of quarks, outer space, the mind, the soul, etc. Your call. In fact, it could be said that most poems are an exploration of one sort or another. So get at it.

Here's my attempt at an Exploration Poem:

"North American Cities"

Dig a little deeper and see a door
held open in Lincoln, an umbrella
offered in Seattle. Then, a whole

meal purchased for a family
in Albuquerque after their four-
year-old daughter sang songs

for the entire restaurant. In West
Lafayette, a college student tutors
children for free. A single mother

in Minneapolis coaches a youth
baseball team when no one else
has the time. In Birmingham,

a black woman protects a biker
with a swastika tattoo from angry
protesters. A man in Savannah

plays his trumpet and accepts
tips that he donates to homeless
shelters. Everywhere, throughout

this country, in every large city
and small town, there is so much
beauty it hurts to look at it too close.


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Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is a Senior Content Editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community and a person who believes there's more good than evil on the planet. He's the author of Solving the World's Problems, a book that examines both good, evil, and the blurred lines that exist between both. He's 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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