2013 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 22

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For today's prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words:

  • ideogram
  • remora
  • casket
  • eclipse
  • selfie
  • wretch

Use the words in the title of your poem, in the body of your poem, and feel free to play with them (by which, I mean, make them plural, past tense, etc.).

Here's my attempt at a poem using three of six words:

"Ideograms for the Melancholy"

Replace the casket with a basket.
Put flowers in it. Have the wretch
that you've become transform

to a hammerhead. When remoras
come to attach themselves, let them
think you won't eat them when

they let go. Turn the flower basket
into a selfie and eclipse
the sun, the moon, and them.


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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 decided to add selfie to the word list after it was announced as the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries (read about it on NPR). He's the author of Solving the World's Problems, which actually includes a number of selfie poems (or autobiographical poems). He's married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five kiddos and reminds him to eat every so often (because he really does forget sometimes). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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