2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

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Mondays feel so much better when we're poeming. Well, I feel that way anyway, and I hope at least a few others do too.

For today's prompt, write a "forget what I said earlier" poem. This poem could be a response to a poem you wrote earlier in the challenge (or just earlier in general). Or it could cover one of those moments--I have them all the time--when you say something that ends up proving wrong or that you wish you'd taken back.

Here's my attempt at a "forget what I said earlier" poem:


I take it all back. I'll buy you some smokes.
Just don't take my van, or I'll be tempted

to call the cops, and if you don't stop, they'll
use deadly force. They've got guns to use them.

So stop, please stop. A pack of cigarettes
ain't worth getting killed over, not today.


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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 can't imagine having such a tragic thing happen as losing a son while trying to teach him a lesson. At the same time, it's easy to see from video footage that the son handled the lesson about poorly as possible (view footage). Robert is the author of Solving the World's Problems, which deals with topics of love, loss, and forgiveness. He's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five little poets (four boys and one girl). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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