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2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

After we finish today's poem, we'll have crossed the half-way point in this challenge. Congratulations for making it this far! It's all downhill from here, right?

For today's prompt, take the phrase "What (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: "What Luck," "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas," "Whatever You Say," and so on.

Here's my attempt at a What Blank Poem:

"What Happens"

Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.
Every time a gun is fired, people buy more guns.

They spread like kudzu across the landscape, and there's
no way to stop their advance. Like insects, like black

rats--they return and return stronger than ever
as if they never left. As for me, I won't bend

to their will, whether for protection or a thrill.
Every time a gun fires, an angel joins the choir.

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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 understands the complexity of the gun issue. While he's not interested in taking anyone else's guns, he doesn't believe in owning them himself (to each, their own). After the Aurora shooting, gun sales increased in Colorado, Georgia, Washington, Florida, and California. There was also a spike in national gun sales following the Sandy Hook shooting. Robert is the author of Solving the World's Problems and can be found on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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